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

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Other Words from faint

Adjective

faintish \ ˈfān-​tish How to pronounce faintish (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 Over the faint sounds of the room and distant traffic, the viewer learns that Charlie and Nicole are preparing for divorce. Michael Slowik, The Conversation, "The secret to the success of two Oscar-nominated scores," 6 Feb. 2020 Hof's own site says that the breathing technique may also be dangerous and cause you to faint. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, "Is The Goop Lab Right About The Healing Powers Of Ice Water Baths?," 27 Jan. 2020 During the final closed rehearsal, performer Suzzy Roche fell on her elbow, then felt faint and had to lie prone while her colleagues fanned her and fetched ice. David Gordon, Harper's magazine, "The Forty-Year Rehearsal," 6 Jan. 2020 Years from now, the memories of his two-year run in Ann Arbor will be faint. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football starting QB race among things to watch for 2020," 3 Jan. 2020 The inscription inside was faint, but one word was clear: Lori. oregonlive, "A class ring was stolen in 1975. It resurfaced 44 years later, 34 miles away," 19 Dec. 2019 Every several minutes there’s a faint rumbling that sounds like thunder. Seth Borenstein, Los Angeles Times, "Greenland’s glaciers are melting. It’s as if Earth’s refrigerator door were left open," 20 Aug. 2019 Every gesture carries the faint rumblings of an internal avalanche. Tom Shone, Newsweek, "Review: Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams Will Break Your Heart in ‘Manchester by the Sea’," 26 Nov. 2016 The faint, star-like planet will be separated from the moon by only two degrees—equal to the width of your two fingers held at arm’s length. National Geographic, "How did coronavirus spread so far, so fast?," 22 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The floggings can include more than 100 lashes; the victims sometimes faint from the pain. Fox News, "Female flogging force unveiled in Indonesia to publicly punish women who violate Sharia law," 30 Jan. 2020 Some fainted, others sobbed with delight and still others surged toward him to gaze into his face, crowned with a crop of wavy hair. Margalit Fox, New York Times, "Edd Byrnes, Who Combed His Way to TV Stardom, Dies at 86," 9 Jan. 2020 One last glimpse Remain at attention: An Irish Guard fainted. National Geographic, "How can small clues further big discoveries?," 30 Dec. 2019 Meanwhile, as happens throughout the sketch, a character played by Heidi Gardner faints from shock in the background. Washington Post, "SNL reimagines the Trump impeachment hearings as a soap opera (feat. Jon Hamm)," 17 Nov. 2019 Cabin crew supervisor Leon van der Plas testified during the trial that passengers faint two or three times a week. Rod Mcguirk, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Australian left thirsty on Emirates flight loses injury case," 14 Oct. 2019 About 20 minutes into a screening of Sound of Metal on Friday night, screams and calls to stop the film could be heard from the back of the theater as a man fainted, the festival also confirmed Saturday. Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, "Toronto: Medical Incidents Interrupt Two Premieres," 7 Sep. 2019 One of the students even fainted after the constant beating, but the cops did not stop. Quartz Staff, Quartz, "From Sudan to Hong Kong to Chile, what it was like to be one of the protesters of 2019," 28 Dec. 2019 Once on board, the 60-year-old empress fainted from blood loss and died that same night. National Geographic, "Life for this Bavarian princess was no fairy tale," 14 May 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Building a university is not for the faint of heart. Jenny Anderson, Quartz, "A new UK university wants to teach students skills employers actually want," 31 Jan. 2020 Getting into and out of these domes can be a nerve-pricking enterprise, not for the faint of heart. Nina Burleigh, New York Times, "Tears for the Magnificent and Shrinking Everglades, a ‘River of Grass’," 27 Jan. 2020 Tennis has always been popular in Australia, but playing there has never been for the faint of heart. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "Tennis Goes On at the Australian Open, Despite the Fires—This Time," 22 Jan. 2020 Footage of the incident — not for the faint of heart — shows Embiid immediately grabbing his hand after going for a block. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "76ers' Joel Embiid Dislocates His Finger in Gruesome Injury During Game: 'It Looked Crazy'," 7 Jan. 2020 Just be warned: These viral short clips are not for the faint of heart (or stomach), so click the play button at your own discretion — and maybe after lunch. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "Catch Up On Dr. Pimple Popper’s Best Blackhead Videos Before Tonight’s Premiere," 2 Jan. 2020 Some people—more commonly adolescents—faint after getting the flu shot. Amanda Gardner, Health.com, "Can You Get the Flu from the Flu Shot? 5 Side Effects to Know About," 24 Oct. 2019 While Kardashian West’s corset surely isn’t for the faint of heart, luckily for fans, her Kimono designs are definitely suited for everyday wear. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "Kim Kardashian Gives a First Look at Her New Shapewear and Lingerie Brand Kimono," 25 June 2019 In the Safari Live video, the mongoose approaches the hornbill only to turn around and faint, appearing to fake its death while lying on its back. Cady Lang, Time, "A Dwarf Mongoose Playing Dead Is Hilarious and Impressive at the Same Time," 6 Apr. 2018

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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, Verb, and Noun

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

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The first known use of faint was in the 14th century

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“Faint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/faint. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for faint

faint

adjective
How to pronounce faint (audio)

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

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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