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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: faindre, feindre 'to pretend'; FEIGN

faint

1 adjective
     
faint1
1 difficult to see, hear, smell etc:
She gave a faint smile.
a very faint noise
the faint light of dawn
2

a faint hope/possibility/chance etc

a very small or slight hope etc:
a faint hope that they might be alive
3

not have the faintest idea

to not know anything at all about something:
I don't have the faintest idea what you're talking about.
4 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.
faint with
I was faint with hunger.
faintly adverb:
Everyone looked faintly surprised.
The sun shone faintly through the clouds.
faintness noun [uncountable]

➔ damn somebody/something with faint praise

at damn4 (6)

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