faint

adjective
\ ˈfānt How to pronounce faint (audio) \

Definition of faint

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

faint

verb
fainted; fainting; faints

Definition of faint (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

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

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 faint (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 Do not choose this moment to be passive-aggressive by giving them faint praise. Dave Platter, Forbes, "A PR Pro's Advice For Writing A LinkedIn Recommendation For Someone You Dislike," 12 Apr. 2021 In a literary landscape that still privileges the rather grandiose notion of the Great American Novel, to describe a piece of writing as a sketch or a vignette or a slice of life can come across as damning with faint praise. Jim Heynen, Star Tribune, "Review: 'The Youngest Boy,' by Jim Heynen," 9 Apr. 2021 Candidates from distant galaxies were too faint to confirm. Joshua Sokol, Science | AAAS, "Nature’s most magnetic objects, ripped apart in starquakes, can unleash powerful flashes of light," 8 Apr. 2021 Associates at Cravath, Swaine & Moore labored for eight to 10 years with only a faint hope of making partner but the promise of a golden rainbow for those who did. Roger Lowenstein, WSJ, "‘The Anointed’ Review: Gentlemen Play a Ruffian’s Game," 28 Feb. 2021 HawkEye’s satellites could pinpoint these renegades by listening for faint signals emanating from their navigation radars and radio communications. The Economist, "Small, cheap spy satellites mean there’s no hiding place," 17 Mar. 2021 However, this faint, fuzzy, nebulous sight confounded many. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, "A Supernova Seen 1000 Years Ago Is Still Expanding Today," 1 Mar. 2021 Basically, nobody was damning Teller with faint praise. Los Angeles Times, "Go ahead and laugh at Juergen Teller’s ridiculous photos of celebs in L.A.," 25 Feb. 2021 Picking out the faint signals would require studying the DNA of a huge number of people, however. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "‘Landmark’ study resolves a major mystery of how genes govern human height," 3 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After 15 days, patients might experience high or low blood pressure, heart palpitations, and a tendency to faint. Chris Smith, BGR, "Doctors are closer to solving one of the last remaining coronavirus mysteries," 10 Mar. 2021 Kemebradikumo Pondei, the acting managing director of NDDC last month appeared to faint while taking questions from Nigeria's lawmakers on how the agency spent around $100 million in the past few months. Orji Sunday, CNN, "They landed scholarships abroad. Now they are stranded as their government fails to pay the money.," 18 Aug. 2020 The records show Giuffre had complained of irregular vaginal bleeding for three weeks; had fainted two days prior, falling and hitting her head; and had lost seven pounds in the past month. Erica Orden, CNN, "Unsealed documents show allegations against Jeffrey Epstein and his inner circle," 10 Aug. 2019 The people on the inside could not breathe and many of us fainted. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Immigrants in ICE custody clash with Massachusetts jail officials in latest disturbance over coronavirus," 2 May 2020 On Monday night, Georgia’s Fulton County Schools, one of the state’s biggest districts at more than 93,000 students, had abruptly closed its schools after a teacher fainted and tested positive at a local hospital. Margaret Newkirk, Bloomberg.com, "Underfunded and Underinformed, Health Agencies Flounder," 29 Apr. 2020 Fortunately, a neighbor saw Solis getting into her car, retrieved her daughter and brought the child to the hospital, just as Solis arrived, asked the first stranger to help her and fainted behind the wheel. Jancee Dunn, New York Times, "In a Medical Emergency, a Family Plan Pays Off," 17 Apr. 2020 Abushariah is still in jail and fainted in court Wednesday due to diabetes, Carlson said in an update Wednesday night. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "'Very sad for America': Store owner outraged employee held without bail for allegedly shooting at intruders," 2 Apr. 2020 The Good Doctor fans were left on the edge of their seats last week after Dr. Neil Melendez fainted in the final minute of the episode. Tierney Mcafee, Country Living, "'The Good Doctor' Killed Off A Beloved Character and Fans are Devastated," 31 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This one’s not for the faint of heart, but Splice certainly depicts what happens when a thought experiment is taken too far. Brooke Knisley, Vulture, "9 Eco-Horror Movies That Will Remind You to Be Nicer to the Earth," 22 Apr. 2021 Non-metallic and not for the faint of heart, this new hue paints a bold way forward, though most buyers will likely take the easy way out with silver, gray, white or another non-color. Robert Ross, Robb Report, "First Drive: The New 502 HP 911 GT3 Is a High-Revving, Naturally Aspirated Gift to Porsche Purists," 20 Apr. 2021 The blue-green waters of Havasu Falls are no doubt beautiful, but reaching them is not for the faint of heart. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, "9 Best Waterfall Hikes in the World," 18 Apr. 2021 The work was challenging and not for the faint of heart — the eggers had to climb dangerously steep cliffs to get to the spots where the murres laid their eggs. Annie Vainshtein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Happy birthday, S.F.! On 4/15, Here are some facts you might not know about the city," 15 Apr. 2021 What these considerations reveal is that the journey into the realm of tribal state tax matters is not for the faint of heart. Roxanne Bland, Forbes, "Native Americans And State Taxes: Not For The Faint Of Heart," 15 Apr. 2021 Looking for criminals on the dark web … is not for the faint of heart. CBS News, "Link between dark web murder-for-hire plot and gamer may be bad grammar," 10 Apr. 2021 No, a Minnesota spring is not for the faint of heart. Star Tribune, "Clouds Stick Around Sunday, With Rain Chances Returning Sunday Night Into Monday," 10 Apr. 2021 Milkshakes at The Yard aren’t for the faint of heart, or anyone with a heart condition, probably. oregonlive, "Instagram-friendly milkshakes coming to the Portland area this summer," 8 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of faint

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

1792, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for faint

Adjective

Middle English feint, faynt "deceiving, false, lacking in spirit or courage, listless, wearied, feeble, pale," borrowed from Anglo-French, "deceiving, false, lacking in spirit, weak," from present participle of feindre, faindre "to make, fabricate, pretend, dissemble, lose heart, fade" — more at feign

Verb

Middle English feinten, faynten "to pretend, lack spirit, become enfeebled, grow weak, fade," verbal derivative of feint, faynt "deceiving, lacking in spirit, wearied" — more at faint entry 1

Noun

noun derivative of faint entry 2

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The first known use of faint was in the 14th century

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“Faint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/faint. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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