adjective, faint·er, faint·est.
verb (used without object)
Origin of faint
Synonyms for faint
Related Words for faintingswoon, succumb, flicker, collapse, drop, fade, fall, fail, weaken, languish
Examples from the Web for fainting
Contemporary Examples of fainting
As the president neared the end of his remarks, a young woman beside him began to wobble, on the verge of fainting.“No Excuse” For Obamacare Rollout Problems
October 21, 2013
Clinton was hospitalized to treat a ‘clot’ Sunday after a recent illness, fainting, and concussion.How Serious Is Hillary Clinton’s Blood Clot and Hospitalization?
December 31, 2012
Plus, a fainting Clinton is news if only because of the suspicion it will generate.
Emergency rooms are full of the faint, the fainting, and the faint-hearted.
We will seek out our fainting couches if the president dares forget the first name of one of his sacred interrogators.Matt Latimer: Why I Hate Town Halls and Undecided Voters
October 16, 2012
Historical Examples of fainting
He took Soubise, who was almost in a fainting condition, from his friend.My Double Life
Dora is not fainting—if you would only let her alone, she would do well.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
What amazing importance a fainting fit can sometimes bestow!Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
The girl beside her saw her slip back, fainting, on her pillows.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
I saw that she was on the point of fainting with fright and indignation.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
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.