(noun, adjective, verb)


1. deficient in magnitude; barely perceptible; lacking clarity or brightness or loudness etc

- a faint outline

- the wan sun cast faint shadows

- the faint light of a distant candle

Similar word(s): perceptible, weak

2. lacking clarity or distinctness

- only a faint recollection

Similar word(s): indistinct, dim, shadowy, vague, wispy

3. lacking strength or vigor

- damning with faint praise

- faint resistance

Similar word(s): weak, feeble

4. weak and likely to lose consciousness

- suddenly felt faint from the pain

- was sick and faint from hunger

Similar word(s): ill, sick, light, lightheaded, swooning

5. indistinctly understood or felt or perceived

- a faint clue to the origin of the mystery

- haven't the faintest idea

Similar word(s): indistinct

6. lacking conviction or boldness or courage

- faint heart ne'er won fair lady

Similar word(s): cowardly, fearful, fainthearted, timid

Sentences with faint as an adjective:

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


1. a spontaneous loss of consciousness caused by insufficient blood to the brain

Similar word(s): deliquium, swoon, syncope

Definition categories: event


1. pass out from weakness, physical or emotional distress due to a loss of blood supply to the brain

Similar word(s): conk, swoon

Definition categories: body