Faint - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |feɪnt|  American pronunciation of the word faint
Brit.  |feɪnt|  British pronunciation of the word faint

noun

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

verb

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

adjective

- deficient in magnitude; barely perceptible; lacking clarity or brightness or loudness etc(syn: weak)
- lacking clarity or distinctness(syn: dim, shadowy, vague, wispy)
- lacking strength or vigor(syn: feeble)
- weak and likely to lose consciousness(syn: light, light-headed, lightheaded, swooning)
- indistinctly understood or felt or perceived
- lacking conviction or boldness or courage(syn: faint-hearted, fainthearted, timid)

Examples

We heard a faint noise.

the faint glow of a distant light

There was a faint smile on her lips.

There's just a faint chance that the weather will improve by tomorrow.

a faint reminder of their former greatness

I'd better lie down; I feel faint.

She felt faint from hunger.

He always faints at the sight of blood.

She almost fainted from the pain.

She suffers from fainting spells.

...shocking news can cause a person to fall into a faint...

He was exceedingly faint with the bruises he had received.

I haven't got the faintest idea what these scientists are talking about.

There was a faint smell of gas.

Her cries grew fainter.

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: faint
he/she/it: faints
present participle: fainting
past tense: fainted
past participle: fainted
noun
singular: faint
plural: faints
adjective
comparative: fainter
superlative: faintest
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