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  1. lacking courage; cowardly; timorous.
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Origin of fainthearted

First recorded in 1400–50, fainthearted is from the late Middle English word feynt hertyd. See faint, hearted
Related formsfaint·heart·ed·ly, adverb
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Related Words

afraid, cowardly, fearful, frightened, gutless, intimidated, lily-livered, meek, mousy, spineless, weak, yellow, cowed, cowering, unassertive, wimpy

Examples from the Web for fainthearted

Historical Examples

  • “Woe unto him that is fainthearted,” says the son of Sirach.


    Samuel Smiles

  • Surely some amongst us are too fainthearted about the truth.

  • If we are so fainthearted now what should we have been before the Reformation?

  • I ricommend to you, trusting to God, and putting down all misgivings and fainthearted feelin's.

    The Deerslayer

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The word rendered "fainthearted" is only used in this single passage; yet every one knows what it means.