faint

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From Middle English, from Old French feindre, faindre (to feign, to sham, to work negligently), from Latin fingere (to touch, handle, usually form, shape, frame, form in thought, imagine, conceive, contrive, devise, feign).

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faint (comparative fainter, superlative faintest)

  1. Lacking strength; weak; languid; inclined to swoon; as, faint with fatigue, hunger, or thirst.
  2. Wanting in courage, spirit, or energy; timorous; cowardly; dejected; depressed.
    "Faint heart ne'er won fair lady." Robert Burns - To Dr. Blackjack.
  3. Lacking distinctness; hardly perceptible; striking the senses feebly; not bright, or loud, or sharp, or forcible; weak; as, a faint color, or sound.
  4. Performed, done, or acted, in a weak or feeble manner; not exhibiting vigor, strength, or energy; slight; as, faint efforts; faint resistance.
    • Sir J. Davies
      the faint prosecution of the war
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 243b.
      do you have the faintest understanding of what they mean?

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faint (plural faints)

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

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faint (third-person singular simple present faints, present participle fainting, simple past and past participle fainted)

  1. (intransitive) To lose consciousness. Caused by a lack of oxygen or nutrients to the brain, usually as a result of a suddenly reduced blood flow (may be caused by emotional trauma, loss of blood or various medical conditions).
    • Bible, Mark viii. 8
      If I send them away fasting [] they will faint by the way.
    • Guardian
      Hearing the honour intended her, she fainted away.
  2. To sink into dejection; to lose courage or spirit; to become depressed or despondent.
    • Bible, Proverbs xxiv. 10
      If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.
  3. To decay; to disappear; to vanish.
    • Alexander Pope
      Gilded clouds, while we gaze upon them, faint before the eye.

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Welsh[edit]

Adverb[edit]

faint

  1. how much (what is the cost/price)


This Welsh entry was created from the translations listed at how much. It may be less reliable than other entries, and may be missing parts of speech or additional senses. Please also see faint in the Welsh Wiktionary. This notice will be removed when the entry is checked. (more information) July 2010