faint

adjective
\ ˈfānt How to pronounce faint (audio) \

Definition of faint

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

faint

verb
fainted; fainting; faints

Definition of faint (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

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

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

Some viewers on Twitter suggested the drinking vessel was from Starbucks, given the faint resemblance of the company's logo, but that remains unclear. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Rogue Coffee Cup in Game of Thrones Has Been Edited Out," 7 May 2019 This year's rates are about one meteor per minute, which might come in the form of a faint streak or a bright fireball. Sarah Lewin, Space.com, "The 2018 Perseid Meteor Shower Promises Spectacular Views This Week," 6 Aug. 2018 Generally, this is a long process for an individual that started with a faint idea that gradually took hold as those risk factors mounted and as the capability came into their purview. Cindy Dampier, chicagotribune.com, "In the wake of Kate Spade's death, taking a different view on suicide," 8 June 2018 Even with our most powerful telescopes, the biggest rogue planets are nothing more than the faintest of dots. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Our Galaxy Could Have 50 Billion Rogue Planets," 11 Mar. 2019 Warning: This is not for the squeamish or faint of heart. 1. Fox News, "Chef kitchen nightmares: True gory stories from restaurants," 18 Nov. 2015 Although there was a faint joke about the previous dinner, no one mentioned Brexit. Janine Di Giovanni, Town & Country, "Is Brexit Ruining London Dinner Parties?," 25 Feb. 2019 But my recollection of Sammy Shakusky is very blurry and faint and distant. Anna Peele, GQ, "Wes Anderson and His Collaborators Talk Isle of Dogs and Pretending to Be Someone You’re Not," 23 Mar. 2018 Here's how to spend a weekend at the Williamsburg Hotel without having to hail a cab, rent a Citi Bike or faint from exhaustion, because all of these amazing spots are within walking distance. Sara Tardiff, ELLE Decor, "Staycation At The Williamsburg Hotel Without Venturing More Than 10 Minutes Away," 28 July 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Red Cross workers gave medical attention to some migrants who fainted in the heat. Fox News, "Honduran migrant caravan crosses Guatemala border, US-bound," 15 Oct. 2018 Red Cross workers gave medical attention to some migrants who fainted in the heat. Sonia Perez D., The Seattle Times, "Honduran migrant caravan crosses Guatemala border, US-bound," 15 Oct. 2018 Lauren O'Connell, a contestant on the current Survivor: Edge of Extinction series, fainted during a challenge. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'Survivor' Sparks Controversy for the Show's Reaction to Lauren O'Connell's Scary Fall," 4 Apr. 2019 King County will pay $1 million to a former jail inmate who fainted and fell while in custody, suffering a spinal injury that went untreated for days and left him with permanent nerve damage. Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "King County to pay former jail inmate $1M for spinal-cord injury untreated for 10 days," 6 Oct. 2018 The museum’s first show, 1971’s Adrian Retrospective, actually was a show—a one-time runway presentation on moving, breathing bodies (today’s conservationists would faint dead at the thought). Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Exhibitionism: 50 Years of The Museum at FIT’ Review: Fashion History Hits the Runway," 12 Feb. 2019 Many of their colleagues fainted or were injured during practice and had to be replaced. Fox News, "Past goose-steppers proud of place in North Korean parades," 6 Sep. 2018 Or think back to January 1992, when President George H.W. Bush fainted while having dinner with Japan’s prime minister. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Investors Needn’t Fear Trump Impeachment," 23 Aug. 2018 Fresh reports have surfaced claiming N'Golo Kante fainted after first team training on the Friday prior to Chelsea's 1-0 defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. SI.com, "Reports Claim N'Golo Kante Fainted After Training Session Prior to Manchester City Defeat," 5 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

As the name implies, Discovery's Deadliest Catch docuseries isn't for the faint of heart. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'Deadliest Catch' Season 15 Premiere Pays Tribute to Fishermen Who Lost Their Lives," 14 Apr. 2019 Cyber dots are clearly not for the faint of heart, but Charli’s got the intrepid spirit necessary to pull them off. Vogue, "Kardashians, Who? Charli XCX Is Obsessed With Vintage Jean Paul Gaultier, Too," 8 Apr. 2019 Though front-of-center commenting gigs are considered cushier and more official, the truth is that sideline reporting is not for the faint of heart. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Why Are Women Always on the Sidelines of Sports Reporting?," 18 Mar. 2019 Extremely Up Close Blackhead Removal Another pimple popping video that most definitely is not for the faint of heart. Andrea Navarro, Teen Vogue, "15 Grossly Satisfying Pimple Popping Videos We Can't Stop Watching," 14 Mar. 2019 These learned essays, heaving with historical and literary references, are not for the faint of heart. Laura Auricchio, WSJ, "‘The Republic of Letters’ Review: A Network of Open Minds," 25 Dec. 2018 Still the busiest shopping day of the year for stores, Black Friday — often maligned, and sometimes brutal — is not for the faint of heart. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Don’t get the allure of Black Friday? A mother-daughter shopping duo explains," 21 Nov. 2018 And just like the 24-year-old drag star’s fierce confidence and unapologetic attitude, this makeup play-by-play is not for the faint of heart. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Watch Brazilian Pop Star Pabllo Vittar Do Her Spectacular 15-Minute Drag Transformation," 27 Nov. 2018 Getting into the complicated wristwatch game is not for the faint of heart. Cara Barrett, Town & Country, "The Newest Trend in Serious Watch Collecting? Women," 21 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of faint

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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More Definitions for faint

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

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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