lacking courage; cowardly; timorous.

Nearby words

  1. fainites,
  2. faint,
  3. faint-hearted,
  4. faintest,
  5. faintheart,
  6. faintheartedly,
  7. faintified,
  8. fainting,
  9. faintly,
  10. faintness

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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