Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a faint manner; very quietly or lightly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a faint, weak, or timidmanner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a faint manner; without vigor, energy, or heartiness; without vividness or distinctness; feebly; timorously.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. to a faint degree or weakly perceived

Etymologies

faint +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Simon had thanked the werewolf, waited for him to leave, and let the cat go, his expression faintly green.

    City of Glass

  • The young Klingon glanced away for an instant and nodded, his expression faintly sheepish.

    A Flag Full of Stars

  • His father was still watching him, his expression faintly humorous.

    Far Beyond the Stars

  • Babette squinted at the list with an expression of faintly puzzled irritation, neither hand free to lift her glasses.

    Here Comes Another Lesson

  • His expression faintly amused, Breckenridge did; he followed.

    The Ideal Bride

  • “But old bad news,” he said, his expression faintly hopeful.

    Memory of Fire

  • She had turned to look at him, her expression faintly amused.

    No Man's Mistress

  • The face that stared back at her from the small mirror was reassuringly familiar, her expression faintly aloof and withdrawn, the cleverly tailored cut of her thick glossy hair making it fall in a smooth, controlled curve.

    Passionate Relationship

  • She called faintly, “Mira,” then seemed to fall away from the phone.

    The Women’s Room

  • Sylvia came slowly back to me, her expression faintly pitying.

    The Turquoise Mask

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