adjective, faint·er, faint·est.
verb (used without object)
Origin of faint
Examples from the Web for 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|Kent Sepkowitz|March 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Kevin Fallon|January 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Maybe this is The Matrix (the first one that was faintly intelligible) after all.For Newtown Killer, a Dangerous DNA Wild-Goose Chase|Kent Sepkowitz|December 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
How do you get that “faintly falling,” that transcendent rhythm?‘The Trial’ & More Top Film Adaptations of Literary Classics (VIDEO)|Jimmy So|November 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
With the thin, vertical scar down his right cheek, the general effect was faintly piratical.
She turns as pale as ashes, and drops back on the sofa, and says, faintly: 'It is my husband.The Queen of Hearts|Wilkie Collins
It was for the moment an alarming, and yet a faintly fascinating experience.The Return|Walter de la Mare
Stradella's heart beat fast and faintly, and his fingers trembled when they touched the strings and made the first minor chord.Stradella|F(rancis) Marion Crawford
The music and the cheering, faintly wafted to our straining ears, was inexpressibly sweet.My Own Story|Emmeline Pankhurst
He faintly heard what sounded like the distant sighing of innumerable treetops.A Voyage to Arcturus|David Lindsay
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.