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faintly (adv.)

c. 1300, "dispiritedly, timidly, half-heartedly;" early 14c. "feebly, wearily, without vigor;" from faint (adj.) + -ly (2). Meaning "indistinctly" is from 1580s. Also in Middle English, "deceitfully, hypocritically, falsely" (mid-14c.).

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Definitions of faintly from WordNet

faintly (adv.)
to a faint degree or weakly perceived;
stars shining faintly through the overcast
the rumors weren't even faintly true
could hear his distant shouts only faintly
between him and the dim light a form was outlined faintly
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