adjective, faint·er, faint·est.
verb (used without object)
Origin of faint
Synonyms for faint
Related Words for faintlyeasily, delicately, casually, tenderly, moderately, gingerly, softly, simply, mildly, freely, quietly, slightly, sparsely, subtly, smoothly, gently, comparatively, practically, seldom, barely
Examples from the Web for faintly
Contemporary Examples of faintly
The facts are not faintly controversial for those who believe in reality: vaccination saves lives, families, and dollars.Thank You, Croatia: All Hail Mandatory Vaccinations
March 27, 2014
If you listened closely during the bleep, you could faintly hear Jacqueline Bissett still giving her speech.Golden Globes Recap: All the Best, Weirdest Moments You (May Have) Missed
January 13, 2014
Maybe this is The Matrix (the first one that was faintly intelligible) after all.For Newtown Killer, a Dangerous DNA Wild-Goose Chase
December 28, 2012
How do you get that “faintly falling,” that transcendent rhythm?‘The Trial’ & More Top Film Adaptations of Literary Classics (VIDEO)
November 24, 2012
With the thin, vertical scar down his right cheek, the general effect was faintly piratical.Literary Bond Superior to Movie Version
November 11, 2012
Historical Examples of faintly
She was faintly, agreeably surprised to notice that she was speaking the truth.The Incomplete Amorist
She must be seen, sir—seen—to be ever so faintly appreciated.The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby
Once or twice she delighted him by faintly smiling a response to his speeches.Southern Lights and Shadows
She merely looked up at Coryston, motionless, faintly smiling.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
She smiled at him faintly, nodding her head as though to keep pace with her thoughts.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
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.