• Lacking distinctness; hardly perceptible; striking the senses feebly; not bright, or loud, or sharp, or forcible; weak; as, a faint color, or sound.
  • Wanting in courage, spirit, or energy; timorous; cowardly; dejected; depressed.

    ""Faint heart ne'er won fair lady." Robert Burns - To Dr. Blackjack."

  • Lacking strength; weak; languid; inclined to swoon; as, faint with fatigue, hunger, or thirst.
  • Performed, done, or acted, in a weak or feeble manner; not exhibiting vigor, strength, or energy; slight; as, faint efforts; faint resistance.


  • (rare) The state of one who has fainted; a swoon.
  • The act of fainting, syncope.


  • To decay; to disappear; to vanish.
  • To sink into dejection; to lose courage or spirit; to become depressed or despondent.
  • (intransitive) To lose consciousness. Caused by a lack of oxygen or nutrients to the brain, usually as a result of a suddenly reduced blood flow (may be caused by emotional trauma, loss of blood or various medical conditions).

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