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faint

faint

 
pronunciation:
feInt
parts of speech:
adjective, intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: adjective
inflections: fainter, faintest
definition 1: weak, feeble, or slight.
The old paint was now faint in color.Their faint efforts were not sufficient to bring about success.I have only a faint recollection of the incident.
synonyms:
feeble, pale, weak
antonyms:
intense, strong, thick
similar words:
dim, dull, obscure, outside, remote, sickly, slight, small, wishy-washy
definition 2: exhausted, dizzy, or on the brink of losing consciousness.
The child was faint after going for days without food.When he saw all the blood, he felt faint.
synonyms:
dizzy, exhausted, light-headed, woozy
similar words:
giddy, light, vertiginous, weak
definition 3: lacking in courage; timid.
Are you so faint that you can't even defend yourself?
synonyms:
fainthearted, fearful, meek, timid, timorous
antonyms:
courageous
similar words:
afraid, chicken, chicken-hearted, chicken-livered, cowardly, frightened, lily-livered
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: fainted, fainting, faints
definition: to lose consciousness, usu. briefly; swoon.
The news of his death was so shocking that she fainted.
synonyms:
keel over, pass out, swoon
similar words:
black out, collapse
 
part of speech: noun
definition: a temporary, usu. brief, loss of consciousness.
He fell in a dead faint.
synonyms:
blackout, swoon, syncope
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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