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[feynt-hahr-tid] /ˈfeɪntˈhɑr tɪd/
lacking courage; cowardly; timorous.
Origin of fainthearted
late Middle English
First recorded in 1400-50, fainthearted is from the late Middle English word feynt hertyd. See faint, hearted
Related forms
faintheartedly, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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
  • What a faint-hearted old dog you are, and you were a pilot once.

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
  • Mrs. Calvert's good nature was not the good nature of the faint-hearted or weak-kneed.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • Here be my spoils, great ones; but how faint-hearted are your southern trout!

    Angling Sketches Andrew Lang
Word Origin and History for faint-hearted

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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