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fainthearted

[feynt-hahr-tid]
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adjective
  1. lacking courage; cowardly; timorous.
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Origin of fainthearted

First recorded in 1400–50, fainthearted is from the late Middle English word feynt hertyd. See faint, hearted
Related formsfaint·heart·ed·ly, adverb
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  • I am not faint-hearted,” said Stephen; “but I will not break mine oath to my master.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • I don't believe the police have been culpable; they have only been faint-hearted.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • Major Rogers was faint from the loss of blood, and at the moment was faint-hearted.

  • I commend it to the notice of those who are faint-hearted about the future of wheat in Britain.

    Another Sheaf

    John Galsworthy

  • "Why yes," she answered, with a faint-hearted assumption of confidence.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic


Word Origin and History for faint-hearted

adj.

mid-15c., from faint (adj.) + hearted. Related: Faintheartedly; faintheartedness.

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