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faint - Dictionary definition and meaning for word faint

(noun) a spontaneous loss of consciousness caused by insufficient blood to the brain
Synonyms : deliquium , swoon , syncope

(verb) pass out from weakness, physical or emotional distress due to a loss of blood supply to the brain
Synonyms : conk , pass out , swoon

(adj) deficient in magnitude; barely perceptible; lacking clarity or brightness or loudness etc
Synonyms : weak
Example Sentence
  • a faint outline
  • the wan sun cast faint shadows
  • the faint light of a distant candle
  • weak colors
  • a faint hissing sound
  • a faint aroma
  • a weak pulse

(adj) lacking clarity or distinctness
Synonyms : dim , shadowy , vague , wispy
Example Sentence
  • a dim figure in the distance
  • only a faint recollection
  • shadowy figures in the gloom
  • saw a vague outline of a building through the fog
  • a few wispy memories of childhood

(adj) lacking strength or vigor
Synonyms : feeble
Example Sentence
  • damning with faint praise
  • faint resistance
  • feeble efforts
  • a feeble voice

(adj) weak and likely to lose consciousness
Example Sentence
  • suddenly felt faint from the pain
  • was sick and faint from hunger
  • felt light in the head
  • a swooning fit
  • light-headed with wine
  • light-headed from lack of sleep

(adj) indistinctly understood or felt or perceived
Example Sentence
  • a faint clue to the origin of the mystery
  • haven't the faintest idea

(adj) lacking conviction or boldness or courage
Example Sentence
  • faint heart ne'er won fair lady

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