faint

[ feynt ]
/ feɪnt /

adjective, faint·er, faint·est.

verb (used without object)

noun

a temporary loss of consciousness resulting from a decreased flow of blood to the brain; a swoon: to fall into a faint.

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Origin of faint

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French, past participle of faindre, variant of feindre to feign

SYNONYMS FOR faint

2 faltering, irresolute, weak.
6 pass out, black out.

OTHER WORDS FROM faint

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH faint

fain faint feign feint
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British Dictionary definitions for fainter

faint
/ (feɪnt) /

adjective

verb (intr)

to lose consciousness, esp momentarily, as through weakness
archaic, or poetic to fail or become weak, esp in hope or courage

noun

a sudden spontaneous loss of consciousness, usually momentary, caused by an insufficient supply of blood to the brainTechnical name: syncope

Derived forms of faint

Word Origin for faint

C13: from Old French, from faindre to be idle
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Medical definitions for fainter

faint
[ fānt ]

n.

An abrupt, usually brief loss of consciousness; an attack of syncope.

adj.

Extremely weak; threatened with syncope.

Other words from faint

faint v.
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Idioms and Phrases with fainter

faint

see damn with faint praise.

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