- 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 fainter
The younger, older, and more sensitive you are, the fainter your fingerprints, Lightflower told me in an interview.New iPhone a Problem for People Who Lack Fingerprints
September 12, 2013
But, she continues, “the earlier in life the drugs are begun, the fewer and fainter those traces and markers are likely to be.”Generation Rx? Review of ‘Dosed: The Medication Generation Grows Up’
April 15, 2012
They were overclouded again, they were fainter, they were gone; but they had been there.A Tale of Two Cities
Had I been wearier and fainter, it would have appeared less dreadful.Wilfrid Cumbermede
Now it grew louder, fainter now, and now it altogether died away.Barnaby Rudge
And then the fainter, final asseverations of the more distant bells—twelve!Dr. Sevier
George W. Cable
Another little sigh, fainter than before, followed, and all was still.Lord Kilgobbin
- 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 fainter
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.