Meaning of faint

faint

Pronunciation: (fānt), [key]
— adj.,
—adj.
  1. lacking brightness, vividness, clearness, loudness, strength, etc.: a faint light; a faint color; a faint sound.
  2. feeble or slight: faint resistance; faint praise; a faint resemblance.
  3. feeling weak, dizzy, or exhausted; about to lose consciousness: faint with hunger.
  4. lacking courage; cowardly; timorous: Faint heart never won fair maid.
  5. unfounded: a faint action.
—v.i.
  1. to lose consciousness temporarily.
  2. to lose brightness.
  3. to grow weak; lose spirit or courage.
—n.
  1. a temporary loss of consciousness resulting from a decreased flow of blood to the brain; a swoon: to fall into a faint.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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