noun foi·ble \ˈfi-bəl\

: a minor fault in someone's character or behavior

Full Definition of FOIBLE

:  the part of a sword or foil blade between the middle and point
:  a minor flaw or shortcoming in character or behavior :  weakness <admired their teacher despite his foibles>

Examples of FOIBLE

  1. <could tolerate my uncle's foibles because we loved him dearly>

Origin of FOIBLE

obsolete French (now faible), from obsolete foible weak, from Old French feble feeble
First Known Use: circa 1648

Synonym Discussion of FOIBLE

fault, failing, frailty, foible, vice mean an imperfection or weakness of character. fault implies a failure, not necessarily culpable, to reach some standard of perfection in disposition, action, or habit <a writer of many virtues and few faults>. failing suggests a minor shortcoming in character <being late is a failing of mine>. frailty implies a general or chronic proneness to yield to temptation <human frailties>. foible applies to a harmless or endearing weakness or idiosyncrasy <an eccentric's charming foibles>. vice can be a general term for any imperfection or weakness, but it often suggests violation of a moral code or the giving of offense to the moral sensibilities of others <compulsive gambling was his vice>.
FOIBLE Defined for Kids


noun foi·ble \ˈfi-bəl\

Definition of FOIBLE for Kids

:  an unimportant weakness or failing <silly human foibles>


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