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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [feynt hahr-tid]
    • /feɪnt ˈhɑr tɪd/
    • /feɪnt hɑːt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [feynt hahr-tid]
    • /feɪnt ˈhɑr tɪd/

Definitions of faint-hearted word

  • adjective faint-hearted lacking courage; cowardly; timorous. 1
  • adjective faint-hearted If you describe someone or their behaviour as faint-hearted, you mean that they are not very confident and do not take strong action because they are afraid of failing. 0
  • adjective faint-hearted lacking in courage 0

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Origin of faint-hearted

First appearance:

before 1400
One of the 24% oldest English words
First recorded in 1400-50, fainthearted is from the late Middle English word feynt hertyd. See faint, hearted

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Parts of speech for Faint-hearted


faint-hearted popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 55% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 74% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

Synonyms for faint-hearted

adj faint-hearted

  • timid — lacking in self-assurance, courage, or bravery; easily alarmed; timorous; shy.
  • nervous — highly excitable; unnaturally or acutely uneasy or apprehensive: to become nervous under stress.
  • scared — to fill, especially suddenly, with fear or terror; frighten; alarm.
  • suspicious — tending to cause or excite suspicion; questionable: suspicious behavior.
  • apprehensive — Someone who is apprehensive is afraid that something bad may happen.

Antonyms for faint-hearted

adj faint-hearted

  • brave — Someone who is brave is willing to do things which are dangerous, and does not show fear in difficult or dangerous situations.
  • unafraid — feeling fear; filled with apprehension: afraid to go.
  • composed — If someone is composed, they are calm and able to control their feelings.
  • confident — If you are confident about something, you are certain that it will happen in the way you want it to.
  • courageous — Someone who is courageous shows courage.

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