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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [feynt]
    • /feɪnt/
    • /feɪnt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [feynt]
    • /feɪnt/

Definitions of fainting word

  • adjective fainting lacking brightness, vividness, clearness, loudness, strength, etc.: a faint light; a faint color; a faint sound. 1
  • adjective fainting feeble or slight: faint resistance; faint praise; a faint resemblance. 1
  • adjective fainting feeling weak, dizzy, or exhausted; about to lose consciousness: faint with hunger. 1
  • adjective fainting lacking courage; cowardly; timorous: Faint heart never won fair maid. 1
  • adjective fainting Law. unfounded: a faint action. 1
  • verb without object fainting to lose consciousness temporarily. 1

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Origin of fainting

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

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Parts of speech for Fainting


fainting popularity

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".

fainting usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fainting

noun fainting

  • sopor — Pathology. a deep, unnatural sleep; lethargy.
  • somnolence — sleepy; drowsy.
  • 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.
  • stupor — suspension or great diminution of sensibility, as in disease or as caused by narcotics, intoxicants, etc.: He lay there in a drunken stupor.
  • petrifaction — the act or process of petrifying; the state of being petrified.

adjective fainting

  • dizzying — having a sensation of whirling and a tendency to fall; giddy; vertiginous.

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