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”).
- Lacking strength; weak; languid; inclined to swoon; as, faint with fatigue, hunger, or thirst.
- Wanting in courage, spirit, or energy; timorous; cowardly; dejected; depressed.
- "Faint heart ne'er won fair lady." Robert Burns - To Dr. Blackjack.
- Lacking distinctness; hardly perceptible; striking the senses feebly; not bright, or loud, or sharp, or forcible; weak; as, a faint color, or sound.
- Performed, done, or acted, in a weak or feeble manner; not exhibiting vigor, strength, or energy; slight; as, faint efforts; faint resistance.
faint (plural faints)
- The act of fainting.
- (rare) The state of one who has fainted; a swoon.
- (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).
- faint in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- faint in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- faint at OneLook Dictionary Search
- 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