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Etymology 1 edit

From Middle English faynt, feynt (weak; feeble), from Old French faint, feint (feigned; negligent; sluggish), past participle of feindre, faindre (to feign; sham; work negligently), from Latin fingere (to touch, handle, form, shape, frame, form in thought, imagine, conceive, contrive, devise, feign), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeyǵʰ- (to mold). Cognate with feign and fiction and more distantly dough.

Adjective edit

faint (comparative fainter, superlative faintest)

  1. (of a being) Lacking strength; weak; languid; inclined to lose consciousness
    I felt faint after my fifth gin and tonic.
  2. Lacking courage, spirit, or energy; cowardly; dejected
    • 1789, Robert Burns, to Dr. Blacklock:
      Faint heart ne'er won fair lady.
  3. Barely perceptible; not bright, or loud, or sharp
    Synonyms: dull, wan; see also Thesaurus:dim
    There was a faint red light in the distance.
  4. Performed, done, or acted, weakly; not exhibiting vigor, strength, or energy
    faint efforts
    faint resistance
  5. Slight; minimal.
    • 2005, Plato, translated by Lesley Brown, Sophist, page 243b:
      do you have the faintest understanding of what they mean?
  6. (archaic) Sickly, so as to make a person feel faint.
    • 1843, Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit:
      Happening to pass a fruiterer’s on their way; the door of which was open, though the shop was by this time shut; one of them remarked how faint the peaches smelled.
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Noun edit

faint (plural faints)

  1. The act of fainting, syncope.
    She suffered another faint.
  2. (rare) The state of one who has fainted; a swoon.
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Etymology 2 edit

From Middle English fainten, feynten, from the adjective (see above).

Verb edit

faint (third-person singular simple present faints, present participle fainting, simple past and past participle fainted)

  1. (intransitive) To lose consciousness through a lack of oxygen or nutrients to the brain, usually as a result of suddenly reduced blood flow (may be caused by emotional trauma, loss of blood or various medical conditions).
  2. (intransitive) To lose courage or spirit; to become depressed or despondent.
  3. (intransitive) To decay; to disappear; to vanish.
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Etymology edit

From Middle High German vīnt, vīent, vīant, from Old High German fīant, fīand, from Proto-Germanic *fijandz (enemy, fiend). Cognate with German Feind, English fiend.

Noun edit

faint m (plural fainte)

  1. (Sette Comuni) enemy, fiend
    Biibel péssor möchte zeinan de bèlt as da börn khòone fainte?
    How much better would the world be if there were no enemies?

References edit

  • “faint” in Martalar, Umberto Martello, Bellotto, Alfonso (1974) Dizionario della lingua Cimbra dei Sette Communi vicentini, 1st edition, Roana, Italy: Instituto di Cultura Cimbra A. Dal Pozzo

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Shortened from pa faint (what amount).

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faint m

  1. how much, how many

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  • Faint means "how many" when followed by o and the plural form of a countable noun and "how much" followed o and an uncountable noun.
Faint o gathod?How many cats?
Faint o goffi?How much coffee?
  • Sawl, on the other hand, corresponds solely to English "how many" and is followed by the singular form of a countable noun.
Sawl cath?How many cats?
Sawl coffi?How many coffees?

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