Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[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. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for faint-hearted
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • A trench during an attack is no place for the faint-hearted.

    Kitchener's Mob James Norman Hall
  • How do you know she will never accept you, you faint-hearted boy?

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

    Another Sheaf John Galsworthy
  • You cannot think how much happier I have been since I knew it was wrong to be faint-hearted.'

    Heartsease Charlotte M. Yonge
  • It appears to me that the honorable committee has a mind to Gideonize us—rejecting the fearful and faint-hearted.

  • I am not faint-hearted,” said Stephen; “but I will not break mine oath to my master.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • It does not get trodden down and hacked out of existence by a niblick as the faint-hearted whin does.

    Fifty Years of Golf Horace G. Hutchinson
  • What a faint-hearted old dog you are, and you were a pilot once.

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
Word Origin and History for faint-hearted

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for fainthearted

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for faint

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for faint-hearted