I've come across this sentence in the entry for comical in Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

He is a faintly comical figure who fears being made fun of.

Is faintly in the sentence positive or negative? In other words, does it mean he is a little comical or barely comical(not comical at all)?

Thank you.

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https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/faintly defines faintly as

slightly or not strongly:

She seemed faintly embarrassed to see us there.

A light flickered faintly in the distance.

The example means

He is a slightly comical figure who fears being made fun of.

It also means he is a little comical.

  • Thank you.:) I've also looked up those definitions but I wasn't sure how to interpret it. May 8, 2021 at 5:14

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