adjective, faint·er, faint·est.
verb (used without object)
Origin of faint
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|Winston Ross|September 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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’|Casey Schwartz|April 15, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Down, down with him, fifty fathoms down; his struggles grew fainter and fainter, until they wholly ceased.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 1(of 2)|Charles Dickens
Her bosom heaved with a big sigh, followed by two fainter ones.A Love Episode|Emile Zola
The light of fainter stars than these does not affect the retina enough for them to be seen.Sir William Herschel: His Life and Works|Edward Singleton Holden
With the regularity of a beating pulse the old man's shriek, fainter now, came to her from without.The Garden Of Allah|Robert Hichens
Struggle after struggle—fainter and fainter still—still I floated.The Privateersman|Frederick Marryat
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.