Faint Faint (f[=a]nt), a. [Compar. {Fainter} (-[~e]r); superl. {Faintest}.] [OE. feint, faint, false, faint, F. feint, p. p. of feindre to feign, suppose, hesitate. See {Feign}, and cf. {Feint}.] 1. Lacking strength; weak; languid; inclined to swoon; as, faint with fatigue, hunger, or thirst. [1913 Webster]

2. Wanting in courage, spirit, or energy; timorous; cowardly; dejected; depressed; as, ``Faint heart ne'er won fair lady.'' --Old Proverb. [1913 Webster]

3. Lacking distinctness; hardly perceptible; striking the senses feebly; not bright, or loud, or sharp, or forcible; weak; as, a faint color, or sound. [1913 Webster]

4. Performed, done, or acted, in a weak or feeble manner; not exhibiting vigor, strength, or energy; slight; as, faint efforts; faint resistance. [1913 Webster]

The faint prosecution of the war. --Sir J. Davies. [1913 Webster]

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