‘Faint’ and ‘feint’

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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