faint

adjective
\ ˈfānt How to pronounce faint (audio) \

Definition of faint

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : hardly perceptible : dim faint handwriting
b : vague sense 2a haven't the faintest idea
2 : weak, dizzy, and likely to faint sick and faint from the pain— Jack London
3 : lacking courage and spirit : cowardly faint of heart
4 : lacking strength or vigor : performed, offered, or accomplished weakly or languidly faint praise a faint smile on her lips
5 : producing a sensation of faintness : oppressive the faint atmosphere of a tropical port

faint

verb
fainted; fainting; faints

Definition of faint (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to lose consciousness because of a temporary decrease in the blood supply to the brain
2 archaic : to lose courage or spirit
3 archaic : to become weak

faint

noun

Definition of faint (Entry 3 of 3)

: the physiological action of fainting also : the resulting condition : syncope sense 1

Other Words from faint

Adjective

faintish \ ˈfān-​tish How to pronounce faint (audio) \ adjective
faintishness noun
faintly adverb
faintness noun

Examples of faint in a Sentence

Adjective We heard a faint noise. the faint glow of a distant light There was a faint smile on her lips. There's just a faint chance that the weather will improve by tomorrow. a faint reminder of their former greatness I'd better lie down; I feel faint. She felt faint from hunger. Verb He always faints at the sight of blood. She almost fainted from the pain. She suffers from fainting spells. Noun shocking news can cause a person to fall into a faint
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Astronomers Discover a Strange Galaxy Without Dark Matter New, high-resolution observations of a faint, fluffy galaxy suggest that dark matter’s not as ubiquitous as scientists thought. Ramin Skibba, Wired, 7 Jan. 2022 The pink rose is on her spine and its faint, fading color gives it the appearance of watercolor. Carrie Wittmer, Glamour, 29 Dec. 2021 Amid these talks, at a Christmas Eve celebration, a gust of wind blew open the doors to the town's little log church, revealing the faint sound of sleigh bells in the distance. Holly V. Hays, The Indianapolis Star, 9 Nov. 2021 Bring your yoga mat (and plenty of bug repellent) and listen to the faint sound of steel drums from Raices, a beachfront seafood restaurant dishing out serious Caribbean vibes. Meagan Drillinger, Travel + Leisure, 5 Nov. 2021 This makes small and faint brown dwarfs like the Accident useful targets. Quanta Magazine, 5 Aug. 2021 Only the occasional, faint sound of a lawn mower or a barking dog brings back the surprising fact that this refuge has residential neighbors. BostonGlobe.com, 24 July 2021 His camera recorded the faint sound of a dog barking, men shouting, a helicopter circling overhead - and no visuals of the capture of Gipson. Megan O'matz, sun-sentinel.com, 9 June 2021 The Webb telescope is designed to look for faint infrared light — the first light to streak across the dark universe 13.8 billion years ago — that will allow scientists to understand more about the origins of the universe. Los Angeles Times, 25 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The massive amount of blood on the ice caused several spectators to faint. Dom Amore, courant.com, 11 Jan. 2022 Known for their strict rules and protocols, guardsmen are even expected to faint in a certain way. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, 29 Dec. 2021 At which point any secret Cartesians in the cinema will faint with unbearable delight and have to be revived with a splash of Mountain Dew. Anthony Lan, The New Yorker, 17 Sep. 2021 An older person with low blood sugar could faint without warning. BostonGlobe.com, 8 Aug. 2021 Some people who are experiencing heat exhaustion might also faint. Washington Post, 3 July 2021 And that was before the closest thing the Rangers have to faint-inducing prospect, Josh Jung, ever took an at-bat. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 22 June 2021 People who tend to faint when getting an injection can use muscle tensing practices to keep their blood pressure up. Tara Law, Time, 7 May 2021 After 15 days, patients might experience high or low blood pressure, heart palpitations, and a tendency to faint. Chris Smith, BGR, 10 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun All of that said, running macOS on newer hardware isn't for the faint of heart, and some things just aren't going to work. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 11 Jan. 2022 But music is an industry not for the faint of heart. Shirley Halperin, Variety, 5 Jan. 2022 The runs here aren't for the faint of heart and can only be accessed by the snowcat (or by foot). Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 1 Dec. 2021 After all, what is a museum but storage shed if no one is there to see its Great Pit of Carkoon bathroom, complete with everything from Scent of a Wookiee cologne to a jar of Admiral Ackbar’s Collector’s Envy Reliever pills for the faint of heart. Chase Difeliciantonio, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Nov. 2021 Panerai is not for the faint of wrist, but the Panerai Luminor Due offers a smaller take on the watchmaker’s hefty sports watch. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 19 Nov. 2021 Not for the faint of heart, the newest and most extreme is The Cliff Dweller. Courier Journal Staff, The Courier-Journal, 11 Nov. 2021 Tracy Morgan's basement isn't for the faint of heart — at least not during Halloween! Tristan Balagtas, PEOPLE.com, 3 Nov. 2021 On that note, tech growth investing is not for the faint of heart and Fubo has certainly tested investors who prefer clearer financials. Beth Kindig, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of faint

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

1792, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for faint

Adjective

Middle English feint, faynt "deceiving, false, lacking in spirit or courage, listless, wearied, feeble, pale," borrowed from Anglo-French, "deceiving, false, lacking in spirit, weak," from present participle of feindre, faindre "to make, fabricate, pretend, dissemble, lose heart, fade" — more at feign

Verb

Middle English feinten, faynten "to pretend, lack spirit, become enfeebled, grow weak, fade," verbal derivative of feint, faynt "deceiving, lacking in spirit, wearied" — more at faint entry 1

Noun

noun derivative of faint entry 2

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faint

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of faint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not clearly seen, heard, tasted, felt, etc.
: very slight or small
: weak and dizzy

faint

verb

English Language Learners Definition of faint (Entry 2 of 2)

: to suddenly become unconscious

faint

adjective
\ ˈfānt How to pronounce faint (audio) \
fainter; faintest

Kids Definition of faint

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : not clear or plain : dim faint handwriting
2 : weak or dizzy and likely to collapse I feel faint.
3 : lacking strength a faint attempt a faint breeze

Other Words from faint

faintly adverb
faintness noun

faint

verb
fainted; fainting

Kids Definition of faint (Entry 2 of 3)

: to suddenly lose consciousness

faint

noun

Kids Definition of faint (Entry 3 of 3)

: an act or condition of suddenly losing consciousness

faint

adjective
\ ˈfānt How to pronounce faint (audio) \

Medical Definition of faint

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: weak, dizzy, and likely to faint

faint

intransitive verb

Medical Definition of faint (Entry 2 of 3)

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

faint

noun

Medical Definition of faint (Entry 3 of 3)

: the physiological action of fainting also : the resulting condition : syncope

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