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Definitions of faint word
- adjective faint lacking brightness, vividness, clearness, loudness, strength, etc.: a faint light; a faint color; a faint sound. 1
- adjective faint feeble or slight: faint resistance; faint praise; a faint resemblance. 1
- adjective faint feeling weak, dizzy, or exhausted; about to lose consciousness: faint with hunger. 1
- adjective faint lacking courage; cowardly; timorous: Faint heart never won fair maid. 1
- adjective faint Law. unfounded: a faint action. 1
- verb without object faint to lose consciousness temporarily. 1
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Origin of faint
First appearance:before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
1250-1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French, past participle of faindre, variant of feindre to feign
Parts of speech for Faint
A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 96% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".
faint usage trend in Literature
Synonyms for faint
- black out — If you black out, you lose consciousness for a short time.
- swoon — to faint; lose consciousness.
- succumb — to give way to superior force; yield: to succumb to despair.
- keel over — Nautical. a central fore-and-aft structural member in the bottom of a hull, extending from the stem to the sternpost and having the floors or frames attached to it, usually at right angles: sometimes projecting from the bottom of the hull to provide stability.
- pass out — to move past; go by: to pass another car on the road.
- blackout — A blackout is a period of time during a war in which towns and buildings are made dark so that they cannot be seen by enemy planes.
- unconsciousness — not conscious; without awareness, sensation, or cognition.
- dizziness — having a sensation of whirling and a tendency to fall; giddy; vertiginous.
- insensibility — incapable of feeling or perceiving; deprived of sensation; unconscious, as a person after a violent blow.
- knockout — Informal. a person or thing overwhelmingly attractive, appealing, or successful.
- pale — light-colored or lacking in color: a pale complexion; his pale face; a pale child. lacking the usual intensity of color due to fear, illness, stress, etc.: She looked pale and unwell when we visited her in the nursing home.
- weak — not strong; liable to yield, break, or collapse under pressure or strain; fragile; frail: a weak fortress; a weak spot in armor.
- faded — to lose brightness or vividness of color.
- dim — DIM statement
- indistinct — not distinct; not clearly marked or defined: indistinct markings.
Antonyms for faint
- ascend — If you ascend a hill or staircase, you go up it.
- improve — to bring into a more desirable or excellent condition: He took vitamins to improve his health.
- rise — to get up from a lying, sitting, or kneeling posture; assume an upright position: She rose and walked over to greet me. With great effort he rose to his knees.
- strengthen — to make stronger; give strength to.
- reach — to get to or get as far as in moving, going, traveling, etc.: The boat reached the shore.
- consciousness — Your consciousness is your mind and your thoughts.
- bright — A bright colour is strong and noticeable, and not dark.
- certain — If you are certain about something, you firmly believe it is true and have no doubt about it. If you are not certain about something, you do not have definite knowledge about it.
- clear — Something that is clear is easy to understand, see, or hear.
- close — When you close something such as a door or lid or when it closes, it moves so that a hole, gap, or opening is covered.
- definite — If something such as a decision or an arrangement is definite, it is firm and clear, and unlikely to be changed.
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