adjective, faint·er, faint·est.
verb (used without object)
Origin of faint
Synonyms for faint
Related Words for faintedswoon, succumb, flicker, collapse, drop, fade, fall, fail, weaken, languish
Examples from the Web for fainted
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of fainted
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.
Word Origin for faint
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.
see damn with faint praise.