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 To be clear, the noise is quite faint—you'd almost certainly never hear it in, say, a coffee shop. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Review: Walmart’s Core i5 Ice Lake laptop, back in stock at $500," 27 Oct. 2020 The leaders’ gestures raised faint hopes that the tragedy might quiet their broader arguments. Washington Post, "Death toll rises in powerful Aegean earthquake as Turkish rescuers race to find survivors," 31 Oct. 2020 Still, Tennessee is 5-1 and capable of finishing with the AFC’s best record, keeping Tannehill’s faint MVP chances alive. C.j. Doon, baltimoresun.com, "NFL MVP watch, Week 7: Tom Brady looks better than ever," 27 Oct. 2020 In 2009, researchers detected faint traces of water on moon's surface using instruments on board spacecrafts. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Moon Has More Water and Ice Hidden All Over Its Surface Than Originally Predicted," 27 Oct. 2020 But to scientists’ delight, faint traces of water seem to persist in the sunlit lunar surface. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "Water on moon’s surface may be more abundant than once thought," 26 Oct. 2020 The faint lines in the reticles can be difficult to see in low-light conditions and tough to decipher in the heat of the moment. John B. Snow, Outdoor Life, "How to Easily Sight-In Your Rifle with a Point-Blank Zero," 23 Oct. 2020 The victory enabled Houston to force a Game 5 on Thursday afternoon and keep alive their faint hopes of returning to the World Series for the third time in four years. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Houston holds on for 4-3 win over Tampa Bay in Game 4 of ALCS," 14 Oct. 2020 What faint hopes remained that Europe was recovering from the economic catastrophe delivered by the pandemic have disappeared as the lethal virus has resumed spreading rapidly across much of the continent. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "Europe’s Economic Recovery Is a Summer Memory," 10 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Kemebradikumo Pondei, the acting managing director of NDDC last month appeared to faint while taking questions from Nigeria's lawmakers on how the agency spent around $100 million in the past few months. Orji Sunday, CNN, "They landed scholarships abroad. Now they are stranded as their government fails to pay the money.," 18 Aug. 2020 The records show Giuffre had complained of irregular vaginal bleeding for three weeks; had fainted two days prior, falling and hitting her head; and had lost seven pounds in the past month. Erica Orden, CNN, "Unsealed documents show allegations against Jeffrey Epstein and his inner circle," 10 Aug. 2019 The people on the inside could not breathe and many of us fainted. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Immigrants in ICE custody clash with Massachusetts jail officials in latest disturbance over coronavirus," 2 May 2020 On Monday night, Georgia’s Fulton County Schools, one of the state’s biggest districts at more than 93,000 students, had abruptly closed its schools after a teacher fainted and tested positive at a local hospital. Margaret Newkirk, Bloomberg.com, "Underfunded and Underinformed, Health Agencies Flounder," 29 Apr. 2020 Fortunately, a neighbor saw Solis getting into her car, retrieved her daughter and brought the child to the hospital, just as Solis arrived, asked the first stranger to help her and fainted behind the wheel. Jancee Dunn, New York Times, "In a Medical Emergency, a Family Plan Pays Off," 17 Apr. 2020 Abushariah is still in jail and fainted in court Wednesday due to diabetes, Carlson said in an update Wednesday night. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "'Very sad for America': Store owner outraged employee held without bail for allegedly shooting at intruders," 2 Apr. 2020 The Good Doctor fans were left on the edge of their seats last week after Dr. Neil Melendez fainted in the final minute of the episode. Tierney Mcafee, Country Living, "'The Good Doctor' Killed Off A Beloved Character and Fans are Devastated," 31 Mar. 2020 Though the emergency procedure was a success, Melendez threw up and fainted in front of Dr. Claire Browne only seconds before the hit ABC show ended. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "'Good Doctor' Fans Are "Done" With the Show If Dr. Melendez Doesn't Make It Through the Finale," 30 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Shadows Die Twice for $25 ($35 off): From Software's games are not often for the faint of heart, and Sekiro is more punishing than most. Jess Grey, Wired, "The Best Cyber Monday Video Game and Accessory Deals," 29 Nov. 2020 This was my first feature film, and to do that opposite one of our greatest living actors is not for the faint of heart. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Run’s Kiera Allen Is An Action Star Like You’ve Never Seen Before," 20 Nov. 2020 The last 20 minutes of The First Academy’s Class 3A region quarterfinal football game against Fort Pierce John Carroll were not for the faint of heart. Steve Gorches, orlandosentinel.com, "TFA fights back, but loses football heartbreaker to John Carroll," 13 Nov. 2020 Buying a home in San Diego is not for the faint of heart. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Trying to buy a home in San Diego? Experts say to do these things first," 6 Nov. 2020 The current real estate market for buyers in the Greater Hartford area is not for the faint of heart. Melissa Rolland, courant.com, "Real estate market not for the faint of heart," 5 Nov. 2020 Pass blocking and paving the road in the run game are not for the faint of heart. oregonlive, "T.J. Bass in line to be Oregon Ducks' successor to Shane Lemieux at left guard," 3 Nov. 2020 But being a poll worker is not for the faint of heart. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, "I’m Volunteering as a Poll Worker and This Is How I’m Preparing," 2 Nov. 2020 From creepy dudes in facemasks to some of our favorite characters possibly getting possessed, this season is definitely not for the faint of heart. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, ""Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Final Season Trailer is Here and Reveals The Wait is Almost Over," 26 Oct. 2020

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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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Time Traveler

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

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2 Dec 2020

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“Faint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/faint. Accessed 5 Dec. 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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