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American English: /feɪnt/
British English: /feɪnt/

Translation of faint in Spanish:

adjective fainter, faintest

  • 1 1.1 (barely perceptible)
    apenas visible
    apenas perceptible
    Example sentences
    • I lie there listening for a few minutes and, just as I'm at the point of giving up and going back to sleep I hear it again - a faint noise, barely audible at all.
    • As I get closer, there's a faint gleam behind the stained-glass windows of the 13th-century abbey.
    • I just lay there listening to the faint beat of his heart.
    1.2 (slight)
    what's going on? — I haven't the faintest (idea) [colloquial]
    ¿qué pasa? — no tengo ni (la menor or la más mínima or la más remota) idea
    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.
  • 2 (weak) (predicative) he was faint with hunger
    estaba desfallecido de hambre
    I feel faint
    estoy mareado
    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.

intransitive verb

  • desmayarse
    I nearly fainted!
    por poco me desmayo
    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.


  • she collapsed in a dead faint
    cayó desvanecida
    se desmayó
    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.
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