Definition of faintly in English:



  • 1In a faint manner; indistinctly.

    ‘she smiled faintly’
    • ‘He could hear them faintly, laughing, most probably at him.’
    • ‘I could hear dishes clattering faintly in the distance.’
    • ‘Elisabeth looked at her brother, smiling faintly.’
    • ‘Christopher turned and looked at Max, smiling faintly.’
    • ‘Ariel is faintly visible from the Earth through large ground-based telescopes.’
    • ‘The air is chilly arid clean and smells faintly of cedar.’
    • ‘And then to the northwest, I hear a male owl faintly above the winds.’
    • ‘A black cloth was draped on the large cross above the organ in the center of the sanctuary, faintly illuminated.’
    • ‘The overexposed, blurry photos seem to faintly suggest the detailing is exquisite.’
    • ‘In his mouth is firmly clamped a white, messy bundle, faintly streaked with red.’
    • ‘I can see Kirriemuir, barely two miles distant, only faintly through the rain.’
    • ‘His voice issued faintly from within.’
    • ‘Her face was turned down but he could faintly see the tears as they fell from her cheeks.’
    • ‘I believe there were also a number of decorations on the strip which faintly resembled flowers and small animals.’
    • ‘Upon saying this, my figure that could vividly be seen in her black pupil began crumbling faintly.’
    • ‘Finally, you settle onto a couch and smile faintly at a middle-aged woman who is reading a paperback on the loveseat nearby.’
    • ‘All glasses on the bridges were turned on the Germans, now very faintly to be seen on the horizon.’
    • ‘In the near darkness Jonathan was faintly aware of hazel eyes staring up at him.’
    • ‘I could faintly hear you from where I sat.’
    • ‘The skyline faintly reminded me of Chicago.’
    slightly, vaguely, somewhat, quite, fairly, rather, a little, a bit, a little bit, a touch, a shade
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    1. 1.1[as submodifier]Slightly.
      ‘his faintly ridiculous hair’
      • ‘Before then, there was something faintly disreputable about really big fortunes.’
      • ‘The fruit is ripe when it is faintly but perceptibly squashy, especially at the stem end.’
      • ‘They try to step into their old shoes and into their old clothes, and they look faintly ridiculous.’
      • ‘Just weeks ago, I considered marriage education a faintly embarrassing process.’
      • ‘Pineapples come to us all year but their juice, honeyed yet faintly tart, is more welcome under a grey January sky.’
      • ‘There was something faintly rebellious about being Irish in the past.’
      • ‘It is all tinkling guitars, simple percussion and lovely crystal clear vocals, delivered in a faintly Icelandic accent.’
      • ‘It is expertly animated, well paced, and faintly terrifying.’
      • ‘It faintly annoyed Billy that the Trades Hall people did not treat him with more deference.’
      • ‘Its no longer even faintly pretty but has become a wrinkle of ugliness.’
      • ‘Lizzy was faintly disappointed that William was leaving.’
      • ‘Liz looks, well, faintly dumbstruck.’
      • ‘She sits across from me, looking directly at me, her faintly defiant stare a mild puzzle.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, there are a couple of faintly serious questions here.’
      • ‘As a result, the actors look flushed and faintly demonic throughout the picture.’
      • ‘There is, however, something faintly sad about these recent paintings.’
      • ‘I whispered, mortified and afraid, but also faintly confused.’
      • ‘Zoo Tycoon was certainly fun and faintly educational, a good game for kids and adults alike.’
      • ‘I think it seems faintly silly.’
      • ‘Mitton suggested an advance, to which Hawking smiled and made a faintly disparaging reply.’