faint
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /feɪ̯nt/
Adjective

faint (comparative fainter, superlative faintest)

  1. (of a being) Lacking strength; weak; languid; inclined to lose consciousness
    I felt faint after my fifth gin and tonic.
  2. Lacking courage, spirit, or energy; cowardly; dejected
    • Faint heart ne'er won fair lady.
  3. Barely perceptible; not bright, or loud, or sharp
    There was a faint red light in the distance.
  4. Performed, done, or acted, weakly; not exhibiting vigor, strength, or energy
    faint efforts
    faint resistance
  5. Slight; minimal.
    • 2005, Lesley Brown (translator), Plato, Sophist, 243b.
      do you have the faintest understanding of what they mean?
Translations Translations Translations Translations Noun

faint (plural faints)

  1. The act of fainting, syncope.
  2. (rare) The state of one who has fainted; a swoon.
Translations Translations Verb

faint (faints, present participle fainting; past and past participle fainted)

  1. (intransitive) To lose consciousness through a lack of oxygen or nutrients to the brain, usually as a result of suddenly reduced blood flow (may be caused by emotional trauma, loss of blood or various medical conditions).
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Mark 8:8 ↗:
      If I send them away fasting […] they will faint by the way.
    • Hearing the honour intended her, she fainted away.
  2. (intransitive) To sink into dejection; to lose courage or spirit; to become depressed or despondent.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Proverbs 24:10 ↗:
      If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.
  3. (intransitive) To decay; to disappear; to vanish.
    • November 12, 1711, Alexander Pope, letter to Henry Cromwell
      Gilded clouds, while we gaze upon them, faint before the eye.
Synonyms Translations
  • French: s'évanouir, pâmer
  • German: ohnmächtig werden, in Ohnmacht fallen
  • Italian: svenire
  • Portuguese: desmaiar
  • Russian: па́дать в о́бморок
  • Spanish: desmayar



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