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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [feynt-hahr-tid]
    • /ˈfeɪntˈhɑr tɪd/
    • /ˌfeɪntˈhɑː.tɪd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [feynt-hahr-tid]
    • /ˈfeɪntˈhɑr tɪd/

Definitions of fainthearted word

  • adjective fainthearted lacking courage; cowardly; timorous. 1
  • noun fainthearted Faint of heart; irresolute; fearful. 1
  • adjective fainthearted cowardly, weak 1
  • adjective fainthearted cowardly; timid; shy 0

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Origin of fainthearted

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 Fainthearted


fainthearted 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.

fainthearted usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fainthearted

adj fainthearted

  • afraid — If you are afraid of someone or afraid to do something, you are frightened because you think that something very unpleasant is going to happen to you.
  • cowardly — If you describe someone as cowardly, you disapprove of them because they are easily frightened and avoid doing dangerous and difficult things.
  • fearful — causing or apt to cause fear; frightening: a fearful apparition.
  • frightened — thrown into a fright; afraid; scared; terrified: a frightened child cowering in the corner.
  • gutless — lacking courage, fortitude, or determination.

adjective fainthearted

  • timid — lacking in self-assurance, courage, or bravery; easily alarmed; timorous; shy.

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