From Middle English swebben (“to sleep, swoon”), from Old English swebban (“to put to sleep, lull, kill”), from Proto-Germanic *swabjaną, *swēbijaną (“to lull, put to sleep”), from Proto-Indo-European *swep-, *sup- (“to sleep”). Cognate with Icelandic svefja (“to sleep”), Latin sōpiō (“put to sleep, lull”, verb). Related to sweven.
- (intransitive, Britain dialectal, Northern England) To swoon; faint.
- Hoo swebbed, all droked in sweat, frae the heat o' the desert sun.
sweb (plural swebs)