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faint

faint

 
pronunciation:
feInt
parts of speech:
adjective, verb
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part of speech: adjective
inflections: fainter, faintest
definition 1: weak or slight.
There is a faint smell of fish in the kitchen.We heard a faint whisper.
synonyms:
weak
antonyms:
strong
similar words:
dim, dull, slight
definition 2: very tired, dizzy, or about to pass out.
She felt faint after standing in the sun for hours.
synonyms:
dizzy, exhausted
similar words:
light, weak
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: fainted, fainting, faints
definition: to pass out.
Paul faints at the sight of blood.
synonyms:
pass out
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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