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

Her professional target is neutrinos — the elusive air-kissers of the subatomic world, blowing past ordinary matter with only the faintest of effects. Quanta Magazine, "Janet Conrad, Seeker of Neutrinos and Other Curiosities," 21 Aug. 2017 In 1883, when the Kamasutra first made its appearance in English, European readers of Vatsyayana’s treatise hadn’t the faintest idea that its publisher—the wordily nomenclatured Hindoo Kama Shastra Society—was, in fact, an entirely nonexistent body. Manu S Pillai, Quartz India, "When a British official dodged Victorian prudery to publish the Kamasutra in English," 27 June 2019 The Giants’ meek offense was a big factor, as Bochy couldn’t waste even the faintest threat of a rally. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Giants’ meek offense results in 2-0 loss to Colorado," 24 June 2019 Around his mouth was always a faint ghost of morning toothpaste. Greg Bottoms, Harper's magazine, "Pinball Wizard," 24 June 2019 Embracing failure as a means to an end may help motivate the mini-Zuckerbergs hunched over their laptops in an incubator in Palo Alto, coding to the faint rattle of a foosball table down the hall. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "The Netflix baking competition “Nailed It” teaches us how to find joy in failure," 3 June 2019 The process would continue until the signals die out, too faint to detect. Steve Nadis, Discover Magazine, "We've Found Gravitational Waves. What Will We Learn From Them?," 24 May 2019 At the very least, the Warriors won’t be absent championship spirit as long as Green dons their jersey, even if actual title hopes are faint without Durant and Thompson. Matt Schneidman, The Mercury News, "Draymond Green goes out in typical Draymond Green fashion," 14 June 2019 When David Freese stepped into the batter’s box to face Jon Lester in the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, the signs of life from the Dodgers’ offense were faint. Jorge Castillo, latimes.com, "Dodgers shake off offensive slumber to beat the Cubs," 13 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

It was triggered by false rumours that schoolchildren outside Peshawar had fainted, vomited or even died after taking drops. The Economist, "Pakistan is trying new tactics to eliminate polio," 4 July 2019 Most people would likely faint at the thought of flying from Colombia, to Portland, to London, and then jumping from roof to roof while cameras roll. oregonlive.com, "From Portland to ‘Jack Ryan’: Kendall Wells talks about working as a stunt performer in TV and film," 29 June 2019 After fainting at school from an anxiety attack, a family therapist comes over to the Klein residence dressed as Little Bo Peep (imagine being this rich). Morgan Baila, refinery29.com, "Big Little Lies Episode 3 Recap: It's The End Of The World As They Know It," 24 June 2019 Some viewers reportedly fainted at the painting’s initial exhibition. Noah Sneider, Harper's magazine, "Slash Fictions," 10 May 2019 Addyi, taken as a daily pill, was barely effective and caused women to faint, particularly if taken with alcohol. STAT, "The FDA erred in approving new women’s libido drug; don’t reward Palatin Technologies," 24 June 2019 Think about someone who faints at the sight of blood. Anne R. Crecelius, The Conversation, "Why do people faint?," 20 June 2019 Barakat’s older sister, Dr. Suzanne Barakat, fainted. NBC News, "Man sentenced to three life terms without parole for killing three Muslims," 13 June 2019 Barakat’s older sister, Dr. Suzanne Barakat, fainted while watching the video. Time, "North Carolina Man Pleads Guilty to Killing 3 Muslim University Students," 12 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Investing hundreds of dollars into ingredients only to watch thatinvestment turn into an undrinkable mess is not for the faint of heart. Fortune, "This Michelin-Starred Restaurateur Traded Fine Dining for Ben Franklin’s Favorite Milk Cocktail," 13 July 2019 But beware — the thrills are not for the faint of heart. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "What to watch next after your Stranger Things season 3 binge ends," 7 July 2019 But be warned, the cannabis industry is not for the faint of heart. Washington Post, "Millennial Money: How to join the cannabis business boom," 25 June 2019 But be warned, the cannabis industry is not for the faint of heart. Kelsey Sheehy, BostonGlobe.com, "How to join the cannabis business boom," 25 June 2019 Cleaning up roadkill is not for the faint of heart. Byron Mccauley, Cincinnati.com, "Meet Danny Jackson, the man who cleans up roadkill from Cincinnati streets," 20 June 2019 The attraction for the area was clear, although the pricing was not for the faint of heart. Pat Lenhoff, chicagotribune.com, "Column: America still is great. But my European vacation allowed me to reassess what it does best.," 19 June 2019 The airline industry is not for the faint of heart. Shauna Beni, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Western Air's Rexy Rolle Is Unapologetically Changing the Airline Industry for the Better," 19 June 2019 Everyone ends up in the rain forest for a conclusion that is not for the faint of heart. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, "A tale of love illustrated with lowercase letters is among this week’s new books," 16 June 2019

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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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