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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [feynt-hahrt]
    • /ˈfeɪntˌhɑrt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [feynt-hahrt]
    • /ˈfeɪntˌhɑrt/

Definition of faintheart word

  • noun faintheart person who lacks courage; coward. 1

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Origin of faintheart

First appearance:

before 1570
One of the 33% oldest English words
First recorded in 1570-80; back formation from fainthearted

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Parts of speech for Faintheart


faintheart popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 44% 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.

faintheart usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for faintheart

noun faintheart

  • wimp — any of a group of weakly interacting elementary particles predicted by various unified field theories, as the W particle and Z-zero particle, that are characterized by relatively large masses.
  • poltroon — a wretched coward; craven.
  • yellow — a color like that of egg yolk, ripe lemons, etc.; the primary color between green and orange in the visible spectrum, an effect of light with a wavelength between 570 and 590 nm.
  • pessimist — a person who habitually sees or anticipates the worst or is disposed to be gloomy.
  • chicken — Chickens are birds which are kept on a farm for their eggs and for their meat.

Antonyms for faintheart

noun faintheart

  • aggressor — The aggressor in a fight or battle is the person, group, or country that starts it.
  • hero — a person noted for courageous acts or nobility of character: He became a local hero when he saved the drowning child.

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