faint

Something faint has no courage or vigor. If you suddenly round the corner and see a gang of bullies staring straight at you, chances are you'll feel faint.

Faint comes from the French feindre, for being cowardly or shirking duties. We usually use it to mean without great strength. If you faint, you pass out, from low blood supply to your brain. If you feel faint, you feel weak. Faint also means dim or vague. If you're staring out to sea, you might see the faint outline of an approaching ship. If you really can't remember the answer to something, say you "haven't the faintest idea."

Primary Meanings of faint

1.
adj
deficient in magnitude; barely perceptible; lacking clarity or brightness or loudness etc
2.
vnadj
pass out from weakness, physical or emotional distress due to a loss of blood supply to the brain
a spontaneous loss of consciousness caused by insufficient blood to the brain
weak and likely to lose consciousness
3.
adj
lacking conviction or boldness or courage
Full Definitions of faint
1

adj deficient in magnitude; barely perceptible; lacking clarity or brightness or loudness etc

“a faint outline”
“the wan sun cast faint shadows”
“the faint light of a distant candle”
“a faint hissing sound”
“a faint aroma”
Synonyms:
weak
perceptible
capable of being perceived by the mind or senses

adj lacking clarity or distinctness

“only a faint recollection”
Synonyms:
dim, shadowy, vague, wispy
indistinct
not clearly defined or easy to perceive or understand

adj indistinctly understood or felt or perceived

“a faint clue to the origin of the mystery”
“haven't the faintest idea”
Synonyms:
indistinct
not clearly defined or easy to perceive or understand
2

v pass out from weakness, physical or emotional distress due to a loss of blood supply to the brain

Synonyms:
conk, pass out, swoon
Type of:
black out, pass out, zonk out
lose consciousness due to a sudden trauma, for example

n a spontaneous loss of consciousness caused by insufficient blood to the brain

Synonyms:
deliquium, swoon, syncope
Type of:
loss of consciousness
the occurrence of a loss of the ability to perceive and respond

adj weak and likely to lose consciousness

“suddenly felt faint from the pain”
“was sick and faint from hunger”
Synonyms:
light, light-headed, lightheaded, swooning
ill, sick
affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental function
3

adj lacking conviction or boldness or courage

faint heart ne'er won fair lady”
Synonyms:
faint-hearted, fainthearted, timid
cowardly, fearful
lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted

adj lacking strength or vigor

“damning with faint praise”
faint resistance”
Synonyms:
feeble
weak
wanting in physical strength

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