Faint - definition, pronunciation, transcription

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


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


- pass out from weakness, physical or emotional distress due to a loss of blood supply to the brain (syn: conk, pass out, swoon)
- 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)
- indistinctly understood or felt or perceived
- lacking conviction or boldness or courage (syn: faint- hearted, timid)


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

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