adjective, faint·er, faint·est.
verb (used without object)
Origin of faint
Synonyms for faint
Related Words for faintestdim, remote, dull, slight, inaudible, weak, hazy, soothing, gentle, mild, distant, muffled, far-off, soft, vague, delicate, muted, stifled, swoon, succumb
Examples from the Web for faintest
Contemporary Examples of faintest
And no matter how hard she might try, the 37-year-old Bany is unable to summon even the faintest memory of him.34 Years Later, Gunshots Still Echo From a Senseless Killing
March 11, 2013
It is thanks to that instant of grace that we can see even the faintest glimmer of light.The Big Idea: Werner Loewenstein’s ‘Physics in Mind’
February 8, 2013
Salam blasts Obama for not having the “faintest clue how to prevent our slow-motion slide” into economic depression.7 Great Takes on Obama’s Job Speech
The Daily Beast
September 10, 2011
No woman has shown the faintest interest in me in many years, except in a dutiful way if stuck next to me at a dinner party.Charles Saatchi Answers Your Questions
The Daily Beast
May 31, 2010
There is only the faintest trace of nostalgia for her hometown, and little for American culture.A Writer's International Wanderings
Susan Salter Reynolds
May 9, 2010
Historical Examples of faintest
There is no room for doubt in my mind, no faintest suspicion.The Man Shakespeare
The faintest whiff of stephanotis came to her on the lazy summer air.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
You took the right one—but I'm not—I haven't the faintest idea who you are.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
The faintest suspicion of a tinge of color crept into his cheeks.
"What you'll say to John I haven't the faintest notion," she said.
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.