adjective, faint·er, faint·est.
verb (used without object)
Origin of faint
Synonyms for faint
Examples from the Web for faintness
Leaning on the shoulder of a Kendah man, I drew nearer to see what passed between them, for my curiosity overcame my faintness.The Ivory Child|H. Rider Haggard
As I did so a strange feeling came over me, a feeling as of the faintness caused by starvation.The Induna's Wife|Bertram Mitford
Under the bidding of the liquor the faintness from the exertion and reaction was leaving me.Desert Dust|Edwin L. Sabin
I think that pulls me up; at all events, I have since had no return of faintness.The Letters of Charles Dickens|Charles Dickens
As the sky cleared the boys could see, from the faintness of the stars, that day was dawning.The Island of Yellow Sands|E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
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.