Faintest
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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  • faintest — UK [ˈfeɪntɪst] US [ˈfeɪntəst] adjective used for emphasizing that something is very slight or very small There wasn’t the faintest trace of pity on his face. Thesaurus: words used to describe small amounts and quantitiessynonym Phrase: not have… …   Useful english dictionary

  • faintest — [[t]fe͟ɪntɪst[/t]] ADJ SUPERL: ADJ n, with neg (emphasis) You can use faintest for emphasis in negative statements. For example, if you say that someone hasn t the faintest idea what to do, you are emphasizing that they do not know what to do. I… …   English dictionary

  • faintest — faint|est [ feıntəst ] adjective used for emphasizing that something is very slight or very small: There wasn t the faintest trace of pity on his face. not have the faintest idea used for emphasizing that you do not know or understand something:… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • faintest — UK [ˈfeɪntɪst] / US [ˈfeɪntəst] adjective used for emphasizing that something is very slight or very small There wasn t the faintest trace of pity on his face. • not have the faintest idea …   English dictionary

  • faintest — adj. Faintest is used with these nouns: ↑inkling …   Collocations dictionary

  • faintest — [ˈfeɪntɪst] adj not have the faintest idea used for emphasizing that you do not know or understand something (= slightest)[/ex] …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • faintest — adjective ; most faint …   Wiktionary

  • faintest — adj. weakest, most dim feɪnt n. swoon, temporary loss of consciousness v. temporarily lose consciousness, swoon, black out, pass out adj. weak, feeble; limp; dim; faded; fainthearted, timid …   English contemporary dictionary

  • faintest idea — If you don t have the faintest idea, about something you don t know anything at all about it …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • not have the faintest — ( ● faint * * * informal have no idea I haven t the faintest what it means * * * not have the ˈfaintest (idea) idiom (informal) to not know anything at all about sth …   Useful english dictionary

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