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 But these faint signals are usually drowned out by ambient light from a main source. Sophie Bushwick, Scientific American, 6 Oct. 2021 Viewing faint, distant galaxies beyond Hubble’s limits, new revolutions certainly lie ahead. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 Jamal Bryant, 42, would go a step further than Holmes’ faint praise. Los Angeles Times, 11 Sep. 2021 The flavor is stronger and warmer, with a backdrop of citrus and berries, and a faint, comforting must. New York Times, 6 Sep. 2021 In other words, a modest tone in spiffy environs, and if that’s damning Musgraves to the ninth circle of Starbucks with faint praise, please pass the half-and-half. Washington Post, 16 Sep. 2021 A couple of days later, after having the benefit of watching the film, offensive coordinator Marcus Brady, too, offered faint praise. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, 20 Aug. 2021 A couple of days later, after having the benefit of watching the film, offensive coordinator Marcus Brady, too, offered faint praise. Jim Ayello, USA TODAY, 20 Aug. 2021 His label executives hand him off to lesser label executives, who keep damning Dave with faint praise. Darren Franich, EW.com, 12 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb At which point any secret Cartesians in the cinema will faint with unbearable delight and have to be revived with a splash of Mountain Dew. Anthony Lan, The New Yorker, 17 Sep. 2021 An older person with low blood sugar could faint without warning. BostonGlobe.com, 8 Aug. 2021 Some people who are experiencing heat exhaustion might also faint. Washington Post, 3 July 2021 And that was before the closest thing the Rangers have to faint-inducing prospect, Josh Jung, ever took an at-bat. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 22 June 2021 People who tend to faint when getting an injection can use muscle tensing practices to keep their blood pressure up. Tara Law, Time, 7 May 2021 After 15 days, patients might experience high or low blood pressure, heart palpitations, and a tendency to faint. Chris Smith, BGR, 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, 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, 10 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Despite its growing popularity, trip stacking is not for the faint of heart — and would be difficult for most travelers to pull off on their own and come through unscathed. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 Freddie Mercury blasting through the Cannes Palais at 11 a.m. is not for the faint of heart. Liza Foreman, Variety, 12 Oct. 2021 Get out your Ouija board and your Halloween PJs; this pajama party is not for the faint of heart. Chloe Malle, Vogue, 1 Oct. 2021 Because becoming self-employed is not for the faint of heart. Chris Westfall, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 In simple terms, ERPs are behemoth software systems, and nothing related to them is for the faint of heart. Yashar Shahabi, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 If the faint of heart will not use fire, let flood do their task for them! Tom Shippey, WSJ, 16 Apr. 2021 Bringing together three separate companies is not for the faint of heart. Zarnaz Arlia, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 But becoming a landlord is not for the faint of heart. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, 26 Aug. 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 20 Oct. 2021.

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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

faint

intransitive verb

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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