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English adjective: faint

1. faint deficient in magnitude; barely perceptible; lacking clarity or brightness or loudness etc

SamplesA faint outline.
The wan sun cast faint shadows.
The faint light of a distant candle.
Weak colors.
A faint hissing sound.
A faint aroma.
A weak pulse.



Antonymsimperceptible, unperceivable

2. faint lacking clarity or distinctness

SamplesA dim figure in the distance.
Only a faint recollection.
Shadowy figures in the gloom.
Saw a vague outline of a building through the fog.
A few wispy memories of childhood.

Synonymsdim, shadowy, vague, wispy



3. faint lacking strength or vigor

SamplesDamning with faint praise.
Faint resistance.
Feeble efforts.
A feeble voice.




4. faint weak and likely to lose consciousness

SamplesSuddenly felt faint from the pain.
Was sick and faint from hunger.
Felt light in the head.
A swooning fit.
Light-headed with wine.
Light-headed from lack of sleep.

Synonymslight, light-headed, lightheaded, swooning

Similarill, sick


5. faint indistinctly understood or felt or perceived

SamplesA faint clue to the origin of the mystery.
Haven't the faintest idea.



6. faint lacking conviction or boldness or courage

SamplesFaint heart ne'er won fair lady.

Synonymsfaint-hearted, fainthearted, timid

Similarcowardly, fearful

Antonymsbrave, courageous

English noun: faint

1. faint (event) a spontaneous loss of consciousness caused by insufficient blood to the brain

Synonymsdeliquium, swoon, syncope

Broader (hypernym)loss of consciousness

English verb: faint

1. faint (body) pass out from weakness, physical or emotional distress due to a loss of blood supply to the brain

Synonymsconk, pass out, swoon

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)black out, pass out, zonk out

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