|Origin:||faindre, feindre 'to pretend'; FEIGN|
difficult to see, hear, smell etc:
She gave a faint smile.
a very faint noise
the faint light of dawn
a very small or slight hope etc:
a faint hope that they might be alive
to not know anything at all about something:
I don't have the faintest idea what you're talking about.
feeling weak and as if you are about to become unconscious because you are very ill, tired, or hungry:
The heat made him feel quite faint.
I was faint with hunger.
Everyone looked faintly surprised.
The sun shone faintly through the clouds.
—faintness noun [uncountable]