- lacking brightness, vividness, clearness, loudness, strength, etc.: a faint light; a faint color; a faint sound.
- feeble or slight: faint resistance; faint praise; a faint resemblance.
- feeling weak, dizzy, or exhausted; about to lose consciousness: faint with hunger.
- lacking courage; cowardly; timorous: Faint heart never won fair maid.
- Law. unfounded: a faint action.
- to lose consciousness temporarily.
- to lose brightness.
- Archaic. to grow weak; lose spirit or courage.
- a temporary loss of consciousness resulting from a decreased flow of blood to the brain; a swoon: to fall into a faint.
Origin of faint
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Examples from the Web for fainted
He fainted several times in the courtroom, yet the judge refused to allow doctors in the courtroom.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015
December 25, 2014
When he expresses concern over her bruised and disheveled appearance, she lies and tells him that she fainted.How Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt Navigated Anna's Controversial Rape Arc
August 14, 2014
A House of Lords spokesman refused to identify which of the boys had fainted.Thump! Audible Crash As Queen's Page Boy Collapses At Opening of Parliament
June 4, 2014
He was in very horrible condition, and I fainted onto the tarmac and had a head injury that resulted in a concussion.Munib Masri: An Arafat Ally Looks Back
Anna Therese Day
November 13, 2013
But once there, the men drugged Northup—he was not intoxicated, he said—and after a night of agony he fainted.The ‘12 Years a Slave’ Book Shows Slavery As Even More Appalling Than In the Film
October 18, 2013
If you had not fainted so quickly, then I should have told you what I must tell you now.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
Dick rushed to him at once, but he saw that he had only fainted from loss of blood.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
I suppose I fainted, for when I opened my eyes I was all alone.The Comrade In White
W. H. Leathem
When the curtain slowly rose I thought I should have fainted.
While dressing I fainted three times, but I was determined to play quand-mme.
- lacking clarity, brightness, volume, etca faint noise
- lacking conviction or force; weakfaint praise
- feeling dizzy or weak as if about to lose consciousness
- without boldness or courage; timid (esp in the combination faint-hearted)
- not the faintest, not the faintest idea or not the faintest notion no idea whatsoeverI haven't the faintest
- to lose consciousness, esp momentarily, as through weakness
- archaic, or poetic to fail or become weak, esp in hope or courage
- a sudden spontaneous loss of consciousness, usually momentary, caused by an insufficient supply of blood to the brainTechnical name: syncope
Word Origin and History for fainted
c.1300, "wanting in courage," now mostly in faint-hearted (mid-15c.), from Old French feint "soft, weak, sluggish," past participle of feindre "hesitate, falter, be indolent, show weakness, avoid one's duty by pretending" (see feign). Sense of "weak, feeble" is early 14c. Meaning "producing a feeble impression upon the senses" is from 1650s.
"grow weak" (c.1300); "lose heart" (mid-14c.); see faint (adj.). Sense of "swoon" is c.1400. Related: Fainted; fainting.
- An abrupt, usually brief loss of consciousness; an attack of syncope.
- Extremely weak; threatened with syncope.