(comparative more faintish, superlative most faintish)
- Somewhat faint.
- We watched the faintish glow of far-off stars.
- Still feeling faintish, I asked to be excused from dinner.
faint + -ish
Variant of 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