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Definition of faint adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (fainter, faintest)
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  1. 1that cannot be clearly seen, heard, or smelled a faint glow/glimmer/light a faint smell of perfume We saw the faint outline of the mountain through the mist. We could hear their voices growing fainter as they walked down the road. His breathing became faint.
  2. 2very small; possible but unlikely synonym slight There is still a faint hope that she may be cured. They don't have the faintest chance of winning.
  3. 3not enthusiastic a faint show of resistance a faint smile
  4. 4[not before noun] feeling weak and tired and likely to become unconscious She suddenly felt faint. The walkers were faint from hunger.
    adverb She smiled faintly. He looked faintly embarrassed.
  6. Idioms
    damn somebody/something with faint praise
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    to praise someone or something only a little, in order to show that you do not really like them/it
    not have the faintest (idea) (informal)
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    to not know anything at all about something I didn't have the faintest idea what you meant. He didn't have the faintest idea how the others would react.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: faint