- The definition of faint is something without strength such as a very quiet sound or a very light color.
An example of faint is a very pale yellow painted on a wall.
- To faint is defined as to pass out or to lose consciousness for a period of time.
An example of faint is when you see a baby being born and you pass out from the excitment, falling to the floor in the delivery room.
This woman feels faint.
- without strength; weak; feeble
- without courage or hope; timid
- done without strength, vigor, or enthusiasm; halfhearted
- feeling weak and dizzy, as if about to swoon
- dim; indistinct; unclear
- far from certain: a faint chance
Origin of faintMiddle English feint ; from Old French sluggish, origin, originally past participle of feindre: see feign
- a condition of temporary loss of consciousness as a result of an inadequate flow of blood to the brain; swoon
- the crude, impure spirits given off in the first and last stages of the distillation of liquor
- to fall into a faint; swoon: often with away
- to weaken; languish
- to lose courage or hope
- a. Done with little strength or vigor; feeble: a faint attempt to apologize.b. So weak as to be difficult to perceive; a faint light in the distance; a faint echo.c. Lacking clarity or distinctness: a faint recollection.d. Small in degree or amount; meager: faint chance of getting a raise.
- Lacking conviction, boldness, or courage; timid: a tourist who is faint at heart.
- Likely to fall into a faint; dizzy and weak: felt faint for a moment.
intransitive verbfaint·ed, faint·ing, faints
- To fall into a usually brief state of unconsciousness.
- Archaic To weaken in purpose or spirit.
Origin of faintMiddle English, deceitful, cowardly, from Old French, past participle of feindre, to feign; see feign.
(comparative fainter, superlative faintest)
- Lacking strength; weak; languid; inclined to swoon; as, faint with fatigue, hunger, or thirst.
- Wanting in courage, spirit, or energy; timorous; cowardly; dejected; depressed.
- "Faint heart ne'er won fair lady." Robert Burns - To Dr. Blackjack.
- Lacking distinctness; hardly perceptible; striking the senses feebly; not bright, or loud, or sharp, or forcible; weak; as, a faint color, or sound.
- Performed, done, or acted, in a weak or feeble manner; not exhibiting vigor, strength, or energy; slight; as, faint efforts; faint resistance.
- The act of fainting.
- (rare) The state of one who has fainted; a swoon.
(third-person singular simple present faints, present participle fainting, simple past and past participle fainted)
- (intransitive) To lose consciousness. Caused by a lack of oxygen or nutrients to the brain, usually as a result of a suddenly reduced blood flow (may be caused by emotional trauma, loss of blood or various medical conditions).
- To sink into dejection; to lose courage or spirit; to become depressed or despondent.
- To decay; to disappear; to vanish.