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faint adj. (2 now only in the proverbial ‘faint heart’; “-hearted, f-ly” and “f-ness” follow the senses of the adj.)
1. inactive, inert, timid Tim. I. ii. 16, III. i. 58, III. iii. 25, Lr. I. iv. 73 “a most faint neglect.”
2. spiritless, weak-spirited 3H6 V. iv. 51 “warriors ,” Ven. 401, Lucr. 1209 “Faint not, faint heart.”
3. weak, feeble Mer.V. I. i. 126 “my means,” H5 I. i. 16 “ souls past corporal toil,” Tit. II. iii. 234, Rom. IV. iii. 15.
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