Definitions of faint

  1. pass out from weakness, physical or emotional distress due to a loss of blood supply to the brain
  2. lacking clarity or distinctness; " 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"
  3. a spontaneous loss of consciousness caused by insufficient blood to the brain
  4. lacking conviction or boldness or courage; " faint heart ne'er won fair lady"
  5. indistinctly understood or felt or perceived; " a faint clue to the origin of the mystery"; " haven't the faintest idea"
  6. barely perceptible; lacking clarity or brightness or loudness etc; " a faint outline"; " the wan sun cast faint shadows"; " the faint light of a distant candle"; " faint colors"; " a faint hissing sound"; " a faint aroma"
  7. lacking strength or vigor; " damning with faint praise"; " faint resistance"; " feeble efforts"; " a feeble voice"
  8. weak and likely to lose consciousness; " 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"
  9. Lacking strength; weak; languid; inclined to swoon; as, faint with fatigue, hunger, or thirst.
  10. Wanting in courage, spirit, or energy; timorous; cowardly; dejected; depressed; as, " Faint heart ne'er won fair lady."
  11. Lacking distinctness; hardly perceptible; striking the senses feebly; not bright, or loud, or sharp, or forcible; weak; as, a faint color, or sound.
  12. Performed, done, or acted, in a weak or feeble manner; not exhibiting vigor, strength, or energy; slight; as, faint efforts; faint resistance.
  13. The act of fainting, or the state of one who has fainted; a swoon. [ R.] See Fainting, n.
  14. To sink into dejection; to lose courage or spirit; to become depressed or despondent.
  15. To decay; to disappear; to vanish.
  16. To cause to faint or become dispirited; to depress; to weaken.
  17. A swoon.
  18. Wanting in courage, spirit, or energy; timorous; cowardly; dejected; depressed; as, heart ne'er won fair lady.
  19. To become weak or wanting in vigor; to grow feeble; to lose strength and color, and the control of the bodily or mental functions; to swoon; - sometimes with away. See Fainting, n.
  20. To become feeble; lose consciousness; swoon; lose courage.
  21. Feeble; languid; depressed; spiritless; not bright or vivid in color; not loud or clear.
  22. A sudden loss of consciousness.
  23. Wanting in strength; fading; lacking distinctness; not bright or forcible; weak in spirit; lacking courage; depressed; done in a feeble way.
  24. To become feeble or weak; to lose strength, color, etc.; to swoon; to fade or decay; to vanish; to lose courage or spirit; to become depressed.
  25. FAINTLY.
  26. Faintness.
  27. To become weak; swoon.
  28. Weak; feeble; indistinct; dispirited; inclined to swoon.
  29. To swoon; become spiritless; despond; grow weak; fade; vanish.
  30. Despondent; timid; weak.
  31. Weak; feeble; enfeebled with exhaustion; inclined to swoon; not bright or vivid; not loud; not striking; cowardly; not vigorous; not active; dejected; depressed.
  32. To become feeble; to lose strength and colour and become senseless and motionless; to swoon; to lose courage or spirit; to decay; to vanish.
  33. Weak; exhausted; inclined to swoon; not bright, as a colour; not loud; timorous; cowardly; slight or imperfect, as a faint resemblance, a faint smell.
  34. To swoon; to be weak; to become weary; to become senseless and motionless; to sink into dejection; to lose courage.

Usage examples for faint

  1. Music, awfully faint, and a whisper, like a dress, across the floor. – Linda Condon by Joseph Hergesheimer
  2. But his breathing was so faint, Joyce was almost afraid it was the sleep which precedes death. – Raiding with Morgan by Byron A. Dunn
  3. Suddenly she raised herself with a faint cry. – The Way of an Eagle by Ethel M. Dell
  4. When Professor Riccabocca had walked half a mile he began to feel faint. – The Young Musician or, Fighting His Way by Horatio Alger
  5. His sister watched him curiously with a faint smile. – At the Time Appointed by A. Maynard Barbour
  6. " If you don't faint," said Max. – The Keeper of the Door by Ethel M. Dell
  7. She is faint, poor thing. – Condensed Novels by Bret Harte
  8. " What's left of him," answered Jeff, with a faint smile. – Jeff Benson, or the Young Coastguardsman by R.M. Ballantyne
  9. I feel as if I should faint. – Blind Policy by George Manville Fenn
  10. " It is," said a faint, bitter voice. – Dora Thorne by Charlotte M. Braeme
  11. She was about to faint as I led her to a chair where she sank down and her head fell on my shoulder. – Child of a Century, v3 by Alfred de Musset
  12. Why did you let me faint? – Molly Bawn by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  13. Kiss me, for I am faint with love of thee. – Desert Love by Joan Conquest
  14. I heard a deep sigh behind me, and turning, I saw Pauline in a dead faint. – The Worlds Greatest Books Vol. II: Fiction by Arthur Mee, J. A. Hammerton, Eds.
  15. It was several minutes before Glencore spoke, and then, in a low, faint voice, he said, " Are we alone, Upton?" – The Fortunes Of Glencore by Charles James Lever
  16. I did not actually faint, I think; it cannot have been more than a few minutes before I came to myself. – The Green Satin Gown by Laura E. Richards
  17. The moon was long past her faint shining here. – The Return by Walter de la Mare
  18. A faint voice was raised to say sharply: I did not ring. – The Thirteen by Honore de Balzac
  19. I know I am going to faint! – The Story of a Bold Tin Soldier by Laura Lee Hope
  20. " She is coming this instant, Richard," said Mrs. Hare, her voice more faint than usual. – East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood