adjective \ˈfānt\

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

: very slight or small

: weak and dizzy

Full Definition of FAINT

:  lacking courage and spirit :  cowardly <faint of heart>
:  weak, dizzy, and likely to faint
:  lacking strength or vigor :  performed, offered, or accomplished weakly or languidly <faint praise>
:  producing a sensation of faintness :  oppressive <the faint atmosphere of a tropical port>
a :  hardly perceptible :  dim <faint handwriting>
b :  vague 2a <haven't the faintest idea>
faint·ish \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



: to suddenly become unconscious

Full Definition of FAINT

intransitive verb
archaic :  to lose courage or spirit
archaic :  to become weak
:  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.

First Known Use of FAINT

14th century



Definition of FAINT

:  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>

First Known Use of FAINT


Other Medicine Terms

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