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faint

adjective \ ˈfānt \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of faint

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
5 a :hardly perceptible :dim
  • faint handwriting
b :vague 2a
  • haven't the faintest idea

faintish

play \ˈfān-tish\ adjective

faintishness

noun

faintly

adverb

faintness

noun

Examples of faint in a Sentence

  1. We heard a faint noise.

  2. the faint glow of a distant light

  3. There was a faint smile on her lips.

  4. There's just a faint chance that the weather will improve by tomorrow.

  5. a faint reminder of their former greatness

  6. I'd better lie down; I feel faint.

  7. She felt faint from hunger.

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Origin and Etymology of faint

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


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faint

verb

Definition of faint

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

Examples of faint in a Sentence

  1. He always faints at the sight of blood.

  2. She almost fainted from the pain.

  3. She suffers from fainting spells.

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Origin and Etymology of faint

see 1faint

faint Synonyms

Synonyms
black out, conk (out), keel (over), pass out, swoon
Antonyms
come around, come round, come to, revive
Related Words
break down, collapse; zonk (out)

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faint

noun

Definition of faint

:the physiological action of fainting; also :the resulting condition :syncope 1

Examples of faint in a Sentence

  1. shocking news can cause a person to fall into a faint

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Origin and Etymology of faint

see 1faint

faint Synonyms



FAINT Defined for English Language Learners

faint

adjective

Definition of faint for English Language Learners

  • : not clearly seen, heard, tasted, felt, etc.

  • : very slight or small

  • : weak and dizzy


faint

verb

Definition of faint for English Language Learners

  • : to suddenly become unconscious


FAINT Defined for Kids

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faint

adjective \ ˈfānt \

Definition of faint for Students

fainter; faintest
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

faintly

adverb

faintness

noun

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faint

verb

Definition of faint for Students

fainted; fainting
:to suddenly lose consciousness

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faint

noun

Definition of faint for Students

:an act or condition of suddenly losing consciousness

Medical Dictionary

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faint

adjective \ ˈfānt \

medical Definition of faint

:weak, dizzy, and likely to faint

2

faint

intransitive verb

medical Definition of faint

:to lose consciousness because of a temporary decrease in the blood supply to the brain

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faint

noun

medical Definition of faint

:the physiological action of fainting; also :the resulting condition :syncope


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