They may be pronounced the same way, but faint and feint have very different meanings. Perhaps the most confusing usage is that of feint as a word for lined paper – the lines may be faint but the type of paper is feint (or feint-ruled).
- barely perceptible; lacking clarity, brightness or volume
- possible but unlikely
- lacking conviction, force or enthusiasm
- feeling weak and/or dizzy
- a sudden loss of consciousness
- to lose consciousness for a short time
- to grow weak or feeble
- a deceptive or pretend movement designed to distract
- to make a deceptive or distracting movement
- paper printed with faint or pale lines across it
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To faint could be used as a feint which might help someone else leave, for example.
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Yes, it certainly could. 🙂