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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Faint, Fant, a. Also: faynt, fante. [ME. faint(e, faynt(e (c 1300), OF. faint, feint.] Faint, weak, feeble.(a) c1420 Wynt. ii. 1456.
Syne faynt off kynd all women was
c1420 Ratis R. 667.
Oft tyme it [sc. bewte] prowys ill, Baith fals, fell, faint and faikyne
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 122.
Ȝour folk ar febill and faynt for falt of thair fude
1513 Doug. Æn. i. vii. 33.
The faynt drone be
Ib. iv. Prol. 7; etc.
A fenȝeit faint plesance
1558-66 Knox II. 314.
Yf heirafter ye shalbe found fayntar then that ye war befoir
1596 Dalr. I. 134/6.
Thai sulde be taikinis … of na faynt fortitude
(b) c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 86.
A forky fure, … Nothir febill, nor fant
1513 Doug. xii. xiv. 59.
All fante we faill, as forfeblit war we
1535 Stewart 35916.
He wes … crous and kant, Except he wes baith febill, lene and fant
1567 G. Ball. 35.
For fault of fude he was full fant [: scant, want]

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