Aloof vs Faint - What's the difference?

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Aloof is a related term of faint.


As adjectives the difference between aloof and faint

is that aloof is reserved and remote; either physically or emotionally distant; standoffish while faint is lacking strength; weak; languid; inclined to swoon; as, faint with fatigue, hunger, or thirst.

As an adverb aloof

is at or from a distance, but within view, or at a small distance; apart; away.

As a preposition aloof

is (obsolete) away from; clear of.

As a noun faint is

the act of fainting.

As a verb faint is

to lose consciousness caused by a lack of oxygen or nutrients to the brain, usually as a result of a suddenly reduced blood flow (may be caused by emotional trauma, loss of blood or various medical conditions).

aloof

English

Adverb

(en adverb)
  • At or from a distance, but within view, or at a small distance; apart; away.
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  • Without sympathy; unfavorably.
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  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Reserved and remote; either physically or emotionally distant; standoffish.
  • See also

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    Preposition

    (English prepositions)
  • (obsolete) away from; clear of
  • * Milton
  • Rivetus would fain work himself aloof these rocks and quicksands.
    (Webster 1913)

    faint

    English

    Adjective

    (er)
  • Lacking strength; weak; languid; inclined to swoon; as, faint with fatigue, hunger, or thirst.
  • Wanting in courage, spirit, or energy; timorous; cowardly; dejected; depressed.
  • "Faint heart ne'er won fair lady." Robert Burns - To Dr. Blackjack.
  • Lacking distinctness; hardly perceptible; striking the senses feebly; not bright, or loud, or sharp, or forcible; weak; as, a faint color, or sound.
  • Performed, done, or acted, in a weak or feeble manner; not exhibiting vigor, strength, or energy; slight; as, faint efforts; faint resistance.
  • * Sir J. Davies
  • the faint prosecution of the war
  • * 2005 , .
  • do you have the faintest understanding of what they mean?

    Derived terms

    * damn with faint praise

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • The act of fainting.
  • (rare) The state of one who has fainted; a swoon.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To lose consciousness. Caused by a lack of oxygen or nutrients to the brain, usually as a result of a suddenly reduced blood flow (may be caused by emotional trauma, loss of blood or various medical conditions).
  • * Bible, Mark viii. 8
  • If I send them away fasting they will faint by the way.
  • * Guardian
  • Hearing the honour intended her, she fainted away.
  • To sink into dejection; to lose courage or spirit; to become depressed or despondent.
  • * Bible, Proverbs xxiv. 10
  • If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.
  • To decay; to disappear; to vanish.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • Gilded clouds, while we gaze upon them, faint before the eye.

    Synonyms

    * pass out * queal * swoon

    Anagrams

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