Definition of faint in English:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
verb[no object] Back to top
- 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.
noun[in singular] Back to top
- 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.
The word faint is related to feign, both coming from French faindre and initially used in the original French sense of ‘feigned, simulated’, from Latin fingere ‘to form, contrive’ also the source of fiction (Late Middle English) and figment (Late Middle English). Another early meaning was ‘cowardly’, a sense now preserved only in the proverb faint heart never won fair lady. The sense ‘hardly perceptible’ dates from the mid 17th century. Feint (late 17th century) originally used in fencing for a deceptive blow is from the same source, while the mid 19th-century use of feint for lightly lined paper is simply a respelling of faint.
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.
- Example sentences
- 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.
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