- 1(Of a sight, smell, or sound) barely perceptible: the faint murmur of voicesMore example sentences
indistinct, vague, unclear, indefinite, ill-defined, obscure, imperceptible, hardly noticeable, hardly detectable, unobtrusive; pale, light, faded, bleachedquiet, muted, muffled, stifled, subdued; feeble, weak, thin, whispered, murmured, indistinct, scarcely audible, scarcely perceptible, hard to hear, hard to make out, vague; low, soft, gentle
- He had short black hair and a very faint black moustache, a London accent and a thin build.
- All of the marks on the sides are very faint.
- l've been listening to the faint hum of London traffic and the random bangs and crackles of fireworks in nearby parks and gardens.
- 1.1(Of a hope or chance) possible but unlikely; slight: there is a faint chance that the enemy may fleeMore example sentences
- Reports last week suggested that there is now a faint hope of an end to these absurdities.
- I always have this faint hope that I might stumble across some great find at the flea market.
- And there's a touch of faint hope in Mr Ward's comment that the bank was considering appealing.
- 1.2Lacking conviction or enthusiasm; feeble: she sent him a faint answering smileMore example sentences
- The acquisition of Edmark was greeted with faint enthusiasm when it was first announced.
- Hundreds of mourners gather daily, shedding torrents of tears and managing a few faint smiles as they remember their loved ones.
- They received the faint answer of ‘yes’ and their fears were assuaged; if only for a moment.
- 2 [predic.] Feeling weak and dizzy and close to losing consciousness: the heat made him feel faintMore example sentences
- When a panic attack strikes, most likely your heart pounds and you may feel sweaty, weak, faint, or dizzy.
- My hands were trembling, I almost reached for the phone to call Nick because I felt so faint and dizzy.
- The wine rarely loses its faint iodine background flavour and is often high in alcohol.
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- 1Lose consciousness for a short time because of a temporarily insufficient supply of oxygen to the brain: I fainted from loss of bloodMore example sentences
- Get the person to lie down on his or her back and elevate the feet higher than the head to keep adequate blood flow to the brain, which will prevent fainting.
- It was concluded that the pilot had fainted or lost his horizon.
- Geneva was beginning to faint from lack of oxygen, and when he let go of her, she fell to the floor, desperately trying to see who was fighting the men to save her.
- 1.1 • archaic Grow weak or feeble; decline: the fires were fainting thereMore example sentences
- The flame of the soldiers' fire grew faint, white mists rose in the fields, the cannon in the forest ceased and the birds began.
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- A sudden loss of consciousness: she hit the floor in a dead faintMore example sentences
- If I didn't find food soon I was going to collapse in a dead faint.
- Suddenly Tina let out a high-pitched wail, jumped from her cot and collapsed in a dead faint onto the floor.
- As soon as the kiss ended, Jane collapsed in a dead faint on the front steps.
not have the faintest
- • informal Have no idea: I haven’t the faintest what it meansMore example sentences
- Iago's final silence was a speaking one; I don't have the faintest idea how to read Hermione's silence.
- I don't have the faintest idea who Michelle is talking about here.
- Believe me, we want to ‘talk’ with you, but we don't have the faintest idea how to accomplish that.
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- The hijacker gradually freed 10 passengers after stopping, including a man suffering from faintness who police initially said had escaped.
- The high signal to noise ratio and the faintness of signal captured by these devices are analogous to the hazy, faint pinhole images.
- Vomiting and faintness were reported among those who tried to work without masks when cleaning up the beaches.