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faint

faint

 
 
pronunciation:
feInt
parts of speech:
adjective, verb, noun
features:
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part of speech: adjective
inflections: fainter, faintest
definition 1: weak or slight.
There is still a faint odor of fish in here.We heard a faint whisper.
synonyms:
feeble, weak
antonyms:
intense
similar words:
dim, dull, obscure, outside, remote, slight, small
definition 2: very tired, dizzy, or about to become unconscious.
She felt faint after gym class.
synonyms:
dizzy, exhausted
similar words:
giddy, light, weak
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: fainted, fainting, faints
definition: to become unconscious for a short time; pass out.
Paul faints at the sight of blood.
synonyms:
keel over, pass out
similar words:
black out, collapse
 
part of speech: noun
definition: a condition in which a person becomes unconscious for a short time.
She fell in a faint.
synonyms:
blackout
similar words:
unconsciousness
Homophone Note
The words faint and feint sound alike but have different meanings. To find out why a basketball player would rather feint than faint on the court, look up feint.
Word History
Faint comes from an early French word that means "cowardly" and "lacking in spirit."
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