faint·​heart·​ed | \ ˈfānt-ˈhär-təd How to pronounce fainthearted (audio) \

Definition of fainthearted

: lacking courage or resolution : timid

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Other Words from fainthearted

faintheartedly adverb
faintheartedness noun

Examples of fainthearted in a Sentence

She gave him a fainthearted response. the sport of river rafting is not for those who are fainthearted
Recent Examples on the Web Moreover, restricting the initiative to projects in developed markets is a fainthearted stipulation that will hopefully be swiftly abandoned. Washington Post, "Two Faint Cheers for Norway’s Renewable Energy Push," 20 Sep. 2019 Ballet Theater itself is suddenly looking fainthearted and uncoordinated as a theatrical troupe. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "4 Buzzy ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Debuts, 1 Fainthearted Production," 15 June 2018 Maggie Gyllenhaal plays Lee, a fainthearted young woman with a troubled past whose first job is a secretarial position under an overbearing lawyer, Edward (James Spader). Sara Aridi, New York Times, "What’s on TV Friday: ‘Wild Castles’ and ‘Gary Owen: I Got My Associates’," 8 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of fainthearted

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Fainthearted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fainthearted. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fainthearted

: feeling or showing a lack of courage


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