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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of fainthearted

: feeling or showing a lack of courage


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