Definition of faint adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//feɪnt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//feɪnt//
    (fainter, faintest) Being ill
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  1. 1  that cannot be clearly seen, heard or smelt 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. 2  very 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. See related entries: Being ill
  5. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘feigned’, also ‘feeble, cowardly’, surviving in faint-hearted): from Old French faint, past participle of faindre, from Latin fingere ‘mould, contrive’. Compare with feint.Extra examples I can’t make out the number—it’s very faint. I was beginning to feel a little faint. I was faint with hunger. The whispers grew fainter and fainter, then stopped altogether. The faint glow of a match shone through the doorway. There was a faint glimmer of light from her window. What he saw made him feel faint with fear.Idioms
    damn somebody/something with faint praise
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    to praise somebody/something only a little, in order to show that you do not really like them/it
    not have the faintest (idea)
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    (informal) 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 American Dictionary entry: faint