faintly

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From Middle English feintli, feintliche, equivalent to faint +‎ -ly.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈfeɪntli/
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faintly

  1. In a faint manner; very quietly or lightly.
    • 1908, W[illiam] B[lair] M[orton] Ferguson, chapter IV, in Zollenstein, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 731476803:
      So this was my future home, I thought! [] Backed by towering hills, the but faintly discernible purple line of the French boundary off to the southwest, a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.

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