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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

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>

faint·ish play \ˈfān-tish\ adjective
faint·ish·ness noun
faint·ly adverb
faint·ness noun

Examples of faint

  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 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

Rhymes with faint


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faint

verb

Simple Definition of faint

  • : to suddenly become unconscious

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

  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

  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

faint·erfaint·est

  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>

faint·ly adverb
faint·ness noun



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faint

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verb

Definition of faint

faint·edfaint·ing

  1. :  to suddenly lose consciousness




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faint

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noun

Definition of faint

  1. :  an act or condition of suddenly losing consciousness





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