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faint

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adjective \ˈfānt\

Simple Definition of faint

  • : not clearly seen, heard, tasted, felt, etc.

  • : very slight or small

  • : weak and dizzy

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of faint

  1. 1 :  lacking courage and spirit :  cowardly <faint of heart>

  2. 2 :  weak, dizzy, and likely to faint

  3. 3 :  lacking strength or vigor :  performed, offered, or accomplished weakly or languidly <faint praise>

  4. 4 :  producing a sensation of faintness :  oppressive <the faint atmosphere of a tropical port>

  5. 5 a :  hardly perceptible :  dim <faint handwriting> b :  vague 2a <haven't the faintest idea>

faintish

play \ˈfān-tish\ adjective

faintishness

noun

faintly

adverb

faintness

noun

Examples of faint in a sentence

  1. We heard a faint noise.

  2. the faint glow of a distant light

  3. There was a faint smile on her lips.

  4. There's just a faint chance that the weather will improve by tomorrow.

  5. a faint reminder of their former greatness

  6. I'd better lie down; I feel faint.

  7. She felt faint from hunger.



Origin and Etymology of faint

Middle English faint, feint, from Anglo-French, from past participle of feindre, faindre to feign, lose heart — more at feign


First Known Use: 14th century


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faint

verb

Simple Definition of faint

  • : to suddenly become unconscious

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of faint

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  to lose courage or spirit

  3. 2 archaic :  to become weak

  4. 3 :  to lose consciousness because of a temporary decrease in the blood supply to the brain

Examples of faint in a sentence

  1. He always faints at the sight of blood.

  2. She almost fainted from the pain.

  3. She suffers from fainting spells.



14th Century

First Known Use of faint

14th century


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faint

noun

Definition of faint

  1. :  the physiological action of fainting; also :  the resulting condition :  syncope 1



Examples of faint in a sentence

  1. <shocking news can cause a person to fall into a faint>



1792

First Known Use of faint

1792



FAINT Defined for Kids

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faint

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adjective \ˈfānt\

Definition of faint for Students

fainter

faintest

  1. 1 :  not clear or plain :  dim <faint handwriting>

  2. 2 :  weak or dizzy and likely to collapse <I feel faint.>

  3. 3 :  lacking strength <a faint attempt> <a faint breeze>

faintly

adverb

faintness

noun



2

faint

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verb

Definition of faint for Students

fainted

fainting

  1. :  to suddenly lose consciousness




3

faint

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noun

Definition of faint for Students

  1. :  an act or condition of suddenly losing consciousness




Medical Dictionary

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faint

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adjective \ˈfānt\

Medical Definition of faint

  1. :  weak, dizzy, and likely to faint




2

faint

intransitive verb

Medical Definition of faint

  1. :  to lose consciousness because of a temporary decrease in the blood supply to the brain




3

faint

noun

Medical Definition of faint

  1. :  the physiological action of fainting; also :  the resulting condition :  syncope





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