Faint meaning

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To fall into a faint; swoon.
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An abrupt, usually brief loss of consciousness; a syncope attack.
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Extremely weak; threatened with syncope.
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The crude, impure spirits given off in the first and last stages of the distillation of liquor.
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A condition of temporary loss of consciousness as a result of an inadequate flow of blood to the brain; swoon.
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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.

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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.

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Lacking strength; weak; languid; inclined to swoon; as, faint with fatigue, hunger, or thirst.
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Wanting in courage, spirit, or energy; timorous; cowardly; dejected; depressed.

"Faint heart ne'er won fair lady." Robert Burns - To Dr. Blackjack.

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Lacking distinctness; hardly perceptible; striking the senses feebly; not bright, or loud, or sharp, or forcible; weak; as, a faint color, or sound.
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Performed, done, or acted, in a weak or feeble manner; not exhibiting vigor, strength, or energy; slight; as, faint efforts; faint resistance.
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The act of fainting.
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(rare) The state of one who has fainted; a swoon.
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(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).
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To sink into dejection; to lose courage or spirit; to become depressed or despondent.
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To decay; to disappear; to vanish.
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(archaic) To weaken in purpose or spirit.
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Without strength; weak; feeble.
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Without courage or hope; timid.
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Done without strength, vigor, or enthusiasm; halfhearted.
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Feeling weak and dizzy, as if about to swoon.
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Dim; indistinct; unclear.
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Far from certain.

A faint chance.

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Lacking conviction, boldness, or courage; timid.

A tourist who is faint at heart.

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Likely to fall into a faint; dizzy and weak.

Felt faint for a moment.

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An abrupt, usually brief loss of consciousness, generally associated with failure of normal blood circulation.
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To fall into a usually brief state of unconsciousness.
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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
faint
Comparative
faintest
Superlative
faintest

Origin of faint

  • Middle English deceitful, cowardly from Old French past participle of feindre to feign feign

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Old French feindre, faindre (“to feign, to sham, to work negligently”), from Latin fingere (“to touch, handle, usually form, shape, frame, form in thought, imagine, conceive, contrive, devise, feign”).

    From Wiktionary