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 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 The victory, the Browns’ second straight, improved them to 4-6 and kept their faint playoff hopes alive. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, "Myles Garrett ejected after hitting Mason Rudolph in the head with helmet in final moments of 21-7 victory over Steelers," 15 Nov. 2019 The advance buzz on The Report, which first screened way back in January at Sundance, has felt like faint praise. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "The Report Is the Political Thriller of the Year," 15 Nov. 2019 These stars lie 610 light-years from Earth and are visible as a faint, fuzzy patch to the naked eye under dark skies. National Geographic, "Why focus on Jupiter?," 13 Nov. 2019 Much of the student section was gone at that point, and the buzz in the stadium was nothing more than a faint hum — even with the Tigers clinging to a 13-point lead early in the fourth quarter and a six-point advantage midway through it. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "Auburn players expect fans to ‘bring some juice’ to Jordan-Hare Stadium for Georgia game," 11 Nov. 2019 But in the arrogance, shallowness, and titanic egotism of his pronouncements, Lennon was only a faint precursor to Kanye West. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The Gospel According to Kanye," 7 Nov. 2019 The residue of our bodies in proximity was a faint echo of the months when there had been no skin between us at all. Leslie Jamison, The Atlantic, "The Lovely Solitude of Standing in a Crowd," 6 Nov. 2019 The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile is, at best, a faint foreshadowing of the Kentucky Derby. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Don't bet on the Breeders' Cup Juvenile being a good preview of the Kentucky Derby," 2 Nov. 2019 The long stretch of hallway was quiet, save for a faint hum of fluorescent lights and the sound of two giant sneakers shuffling on a laminate floor. Mike Finger, ExpressNews.com, "Spurs’ Tim Duncan still naïve to one NBA reality," 29 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Myers fainted at a charity event Sunday and underwent tests at a hospital. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres notes: Lauer can’t quite finish in loss to D’backs; Garcia relishes time with Padres," 27 Sep. 2019 Not that common, but not that rare A doctor who co-authored a 2009 study of fainting among adolescents found that of more than 1,500 kids who fainted over a nine-year period, 111 of them had a hair-grooming trigger determined as a cause. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Woman warns of rare condition after child's scary reaction to hair curling: 'Look it up'," 19 July 2019 When Brandi woke, she was given oxygen and ice, but fainted again shortly after. Fox News, "Chicago woman mysteriously dies after flight to Dubai," 9 June 2019 History Many have speculated about the origin of the term fainting couch. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Everything You Need to Know About a Fainting Couch," 23 Aug. 2019 Hudspeth kept goats as pets for the next four decades, owning as many as 16 at a time in varying breeds, including pygmies and fainting goats. Kelly Kazek | Kkazek@al.com, al, "The legendary Goat Man’s decades-long walk across Alabama," 27 Aug. 2019 During this time, Victorian women, who often fainted from wearing tight corsets, would rely on this particular style of sofa to recover. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Everything You Need to Know About a Fainting Couch," 23 Aug. 2019 The man fainted, yet protesters refused to give access to medics. The Economist, "Is Hong Kong moving closer to the abyss that its leaders warn about?," 17 Aug. 2019 Several commuters on Paris’ Metro system — where trains on many older lines are not air-conditioned — fainted on Wednesday, prompting the authorities to issue warnings about public transportation and advise travelers to stay hydrated. Iliana Magra, New York Times, "Europe Suffers Heat Wave of Dangerous, Record-High Temperatures," 24 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Six hours and two venues in tuxedos or gowns is not for the faint of heart. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Symphony Opening Night 'all-Russian' Concert & Gala celebrates diversity, unity and vodka," 16 Sep. 2019 The travel schedule in the WWE is not for the faint of heart. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "The Week in Wrestling: Bret Hart Remembers Crowning Moment at ‘King of the Ring’," 11 Sep. 2019 The music of heavy metal band Slipknot is not for the faint of heart. Raisa Bruner, Time, "The Unfazed Elderly Lady at the Rowdy Slipknot Concert Is Bringing Music to People's Lives," 10 Sep. 2019 This vaca is definitely not for the faint of heart! Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Stephen and Ayesha Curry Had A Blast On Their Frosty Baecation In Iceland," 3 Sep. 2019 Bodily risks aside, Mr. Babington added, the sport is clearly not for the faint of heart. New York Times, "Where to Show Off Your $5 Million Horse," 31 Aug. 2019 Beware: the pictures are not for the faint of heart. Jenna West, SI.com, "Fans Were Not Ready to See Antonio Brown's Frostbitten Feet on 'Hard Knocks'," 13 Aug. 2019 At their $160,000-plus price points, the Cayenne S Turbo E-Hybrid is not for the faint of heart or thin of wallet. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Porsche takes wraps off of 670hp Cayenne S Turbo E-Hybrid," 12 Aug. 2019 These ultra all-inclusive events are the place to be during Crop Over with plenty of drinks, wines and fun to go around, and are definitely not for the faint of heart! Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Fete Is We Name! Inside The Hottest Parties At Barbados Crop Over 2019," 7 Aug. 2019

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

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“Faint.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/faints. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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More Definitions for faint

faint

adjective
How to pronounce faint (audio)

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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