Faint-hearted
Faint-hearted Faint"-heart`ed, a. Wanting in courage; depressed by fear; easily discouraged or frightened; cowardly; timorous; dejected. [1913 Webster]

Fear not, neither be faint-hearted. --Is. vii. 4. -- {Faint"-heart`ed*ly}, adv. -- {Faint"-heart`ed*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


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  • faint-hearted — faint heart|ed1 [ ,feınt hartəd ] adjective not brave or enthusiastic faint hearted faint heart|ed 2 [ ,feınt hartəd ] noun not for the faint hearted HUMOROUS not appropriate for people who are easily frightened or shocked: a fairground ride that …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • faint-hearted — faint heart|ed [ˌfeınt ˈha:tıd US a:r ] adj 1.) not trying very hard, because you do not want to do something, or you are not confident that you can succeed = ↑half hearted ▪ She made a rather faint hearted attempt to stop him from leaving. 2.)… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • faint-hearted — mid 15c., from FAINT (Cf. faint) (adj.) + HEARTED (Cf. hearted). Related: Faintheartedly; faintheartedness …   Etymology dictionary

  • faint-hearted — index caitiff Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • faint-hearted — also fainthearted 1) ADJ GRADED If you describe someone or their behaviour as faint hearted, you mean that they are not very confident and do not take strong action because they are afraid of failing. This is no time to be faint hearted... The… …   English dictionary

  • faint-hearted — adjective 1 not trying very hard, because you do not want to do something, or you are not confident that you can succeed: She made a rather faint hearted attempt to stop him from leaving. 2 not for the faint hearted humorous used to say that… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • faint-hearted — adjective come now, my faint hearted friend, I ll get you to safety Syn: timid, timorous, nervous, easily scared, fearful, afraid; cowardly, craven, spineless, pusillanimous, lily livered; informal chicken, chicken hearted, yellow bellied,… …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • faint-hearted — I UK [ˌfeɪnt ˈhɑː(r)tɪd] / US [ˌfeɪnt ˈhɑrtəd] adjective not brave or enthusiastic II UK [ˌfeɪnt ˈhɑː(r)tɪd] / US [ˌfeɪnt ˈhɑrtəd] noun not for the faint hearted …   English dictionary

  • faint-hearted — faint heart·ed (fāntʹhärʹtĭd) adj. Deficient in conviction or courage; timid.   faintʹ heartʹed·ly adv. faintʹ heartʹed·ness n. * * * …   Universalium

  • faint-hearted — noun lacking courage or conviction. Derivatives faint heart noun faint heartedly adverb faint heartedness noun …   English new terms dictionary

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