Definition of faint-hearted in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌfeɪntˈhɑːtɪd/


Lacking courage; timid: they were feeling faint-hearted at the prospect of war (as plural noun the faint-hearted) litigation is not for the faint-hearted
More example sentences
  • He's followed his Dad into the tree-felling and carting business, not a career for the soft or faint-hearted.
  • Conditions were still not for the faint-hearted and with athletes travelling from as far away as Bath and London, this proved a tough assignment in every respect.
  • Flying with ex-Red Arrows is billed as the ultimate experience for aircraft enthusiasts and daredevils, rather than the faint-hearted.
timid, timorous, nervous, easily scared, easily frightened, scared, fearful, afraid, trembling, quaking, cowering, daunted;
cowardly, craven, spiritless, spineless, pusillanimous, weak, weak-willed, unmanly, lily-livered, pigeon-hearted, weak-kneed, weakling;
British  nervy;
Scottish  feart
informal soft, jumpy, jittery, chicken, chicken-hearted, chicken-livered, yellow, yellow-bellied, gutless, sissy, wimpy, wimpish
British informal wet
North American informal spooked, candy-assed
North American vulgar slang chickenshit
archaic, informal funky



Pronunciation: /ˌfeɪntˈhɑːtɪdli/
Example sentences
  • They gave battle but faint-heartedly, being all unready for an enemy, and presently threw down their arms and begged for quarter.
  • "We are going to bypass this place, too?" Lontel asked faint-heartedly as he studied the valley walls that steepened into cliffs and narrowed until they almost touched the outer walls of Midpost.


Example sentences
  • The question, then, is how we build on this epiphany; now is no time for faint-heartedness.
  • Calling someone an ‘appeaser ‘is a dreadful insult, one implying, faint-heartedness, limp-wristedness, lily-liveredness, and all the rest.’
  • In each of these institutional developments Kay met with and overcame opposition and faint-heartedness, rallied the support of the faithful, inveigled co-operation, and prevailed.

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