from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make faint.
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I stayed till th worst uv her fainten spells was over.
They got me through th fainten spells, somehow—but from God alone can I be reconciled.
*fans self tu keep frum fainten* Oh no, I haz awl ub dose ingredients in da howse.
An yer pore mother, th smell uv it an a sean me spit—why, t’other night I was a setten by th fire and she had such a gaggen spell she come nigh fainten.