[ feynt ]
/ feɪnt /

adjective, faint·er, faint·est.

verb (used without object)


a temporary loss of consciousness resulting from a decreased flow of blood to the brain; a swoon: to fall into a faint.

Nearby words

  1. fain,
  2. fainaigue,
  3. faineance,
  4. faineant,
  5. fainites,
  6. faint-hearted,
  7. faintest,
  8. faintheart,
  9. fainthearted,
  10. faintheartedly

Origin of faint

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French, past participle of faindre, variant of feindre to feign

1. indistinct, ill-defined, dim, faded, dull, 2. faltering, irresolute, weak. 3. languid. 4. pusillanimous, fearful, timid, dastardly. 6. pass out, black out.

Related forms
Can be confusedfain faint feign feint

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British Dictionary definitions for faintly


/ (feɪnt) /


verb (intr)

to lose consciousness, esp momentarily, as through weakness
archaic, or poetic to fail or become weak, esp in hope or courage


a sudden spontaneous loss of consciousness, usually momentary, caused by an insufficient supply of blood to the brainTechnical name: syncope
Derived Forms

Word Origin for faint

C13: from Old French, from faindre to be idle

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Word Origin and History for faintly
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Medicine definitions for faintly


[ fānt ]


An abrupt, usually brief loss of consciousness; an attack of syncope.


Extremely weak; threatened with syncope.
Related formsfaint v.

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Idioms and Phrases with faintly


see damn with faint praise.

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