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Princeton's WordNet

  1. faintlyadverb

    to a faint degree or weakly perceived

    "between him and the dim light a form was outlined faintly"; "stars shining faintly through the overcast"; "could hear his distant shouts only faintly"; "the rumors weren't even faintly true"


  1. faintlyadverb

    in a faint manner; very quietly or lightly.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Faintlyadverb

    Etymology: from faint.

    Love’s like a torch, which, if secur’d from blasts,
    Will faintly burn; but then it longer lasts:
    Expos’d to storms of jealousy and doubt,
    The blaze grows greater, but ’tis sooner out. William Walsh.

    Nature affords at least a glimm’ring light;
    The lines, tho’ touch’d but faintly, are drawn right. Alexander Pope.

    I have told you what I have seen and heard but faintly; nothing like the image and horrour of it. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    An obscure and confused idea represents the object so faintly, that it doth not appear plain to the mind. Isaac Watts.

    With his loll’d tongue he faintly licks his prey,
    His warm breath blows her flix up as she lies. Dryden.

    Though still the famish’d English, like pale ghosts,
    Faintly besiege us one hour in a month. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    Loth was the ape, though praised, to adventure;
    Yet faintly ’gan into his work to enter. Hubberd’s Tale.

    He faintly now declines the fatal strife;
    So much his love was dearer than his life. John Denham.


  1. faintly

    Faintly is an adverb that describes something that is done in a weak, slight, or barely perceptible manner. It's often used to describe senses like hearing, seeing or perceiving something that is not clear or strong.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Faintlyadverb

    in a faint, weak, or timidmanner

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of faintly in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of faintly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of faintly in a Sentence

  1. Charles Cooley:

    One who shows signs of mental aberration is, inevitably, perhaps, but cruelly, shut off from familiar, thoughtless intercourse, partly excommunicated; his isolation is unwittingly proclaimed to him on every countenance by curiosity, indifference, aversion, or pity, and in so far as he is human enough to need free and equal communication and feel the lack of it, he suffers pain and loss of a kind and degree which others can only faintly imagine, and for the most part ignore.

  2. Billy Sawyer:

    I started yelling and Michelle yelled back, very faintly, and it was muffled -- 'Help me! Help me!'.

  3. Hugh Osborn:

    The typical brown dwarf temperature is somewhere between luke-warm water, which would appear black to our eyes, and a campfire, which would glow faintly red, in the case of [this system], the brown dwarf is being heated by the star it orbits, meaning the dayside of the object would be glowing red hot. The night side would be darker, but some of this heat would be sucked around by winds, heating it up.

  4. Helen Luke:

    Unless a man or woman has experienced the darkness of the soul he or she can know nothing of that transforming laughter without which no hint of the ultimate reality of the opposites can be faintly intuited.

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    A hatched
    B occasional
    C plush
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