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Definitions of faintly word
- adjective faintly lacking brightness, vividness, clearness, loudness, strength, etc.: a faint light; a faint color; a faint sound. 1
- adjective faintly feeble or slight: faint resistance; faint praise; a faint resemblance. 1
- adjective faintly feeling weak, dizzy, or exhausted; about to lose consciousness: faint with hunger. 1
- adjective faintly lacking courage; cowardly; timorous: Faint heart never won fair maid. 1
- adjective faintly Law. unfounded: a faint action. 1
- verb without object faintly to lose consciousness temporarily. 1
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Origin of faintly
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 Faintly
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.
According to our data about 53% 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.
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Synonyms for faintly
- comparatively — in a comparative manner
- practically — in effect; virtually: It is practically useless to protest.
- seldom — on only a few occasions; rarely; infrequently; not often: We seldom see our old neighbors anymore.
- barely — You use barely to say that something is only just true or only just the case.
- simply — in a simple manner; clearly and easily.
- dimly — not bright; obscure from lack of light or emitted light: a dim room; a dim flashlight.
- indistinctly — not distinct; not clearly marked or defined: indistinct markings.
- feebly — physically weak, as from age or sickness; frail.
- clear — Something that is clear is easy to understand, see, or hear.
- hazily — characterized by the presence of haze; misty: hazy weather.
Antonyms for faintly
- frequently — often; many times; at short intervals.
- very — in a high degree; extremely; exceedingly: A giant is very tall.
- difficultly — not easily or readily done; requiring much labor, skill, or planning to be performed successfully; hard: a difficult job.
- roughly — having a coarse or uneven surface, as from projections, irregularities, or breaks; not smooth: rough, red hands; a rough road.
- heavily — with a great weight or burden: a heavily loaded wagon.
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