- lacking courage; cowardly; timorous.
Origin of fainthearted
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Examples from the Web for faint-hearted
In the past, faint-hearted politicians behaved in mostly sensible ways because they were afraid to act recklessly.Will the Republican Moderates Please Stand Up?
October 10, 2013
Emergency rooms are full of the faint, the fainting, and the faint-hearted.Hillary Clinton Faints: What Caused It?
December 15, 2012
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
"Why yes," she answered, with a faint-hearted assumption of confidence.The Market-Place
Word Origin and History for faint-hearted
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