Definition of feeble
1a : markedly lacking in strength <a feeble old man>b : indicating weakness <taking only feeble steps>
2a : deficient in qualities or resources that indicate vigor, authority, force, or efficiency <a feeble argument> <cities are growing uncreative and feeble — Jane Jacobs>b : inadequate, inferior <a feeble excuse>
feeblenessplay \ˈfē-bəl-nəs\ noun
feeblyplay \ˈfē-blē\ adverb
Examples of feeble in a sentence
She's still feeble from her long illness.
We heard a feeble cry for help.
Business is suffering because of the feeble economy.
He made a feeble attempt to explain his behavior.
He offered a feeble excuse for his behavior.
“Dislike” is too feeble a word for how she feels about him.
Origin and Etymology of feeble
Middle English feble, from Anglo-French, from Latin flebilis lamentable, wretched, from flēre to weep — more at bleat
First Known Use: 12th century
Synonym Discussion of feeble
FEEBLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of feeble for English Language Learners
: very weak
: not good enough : not successful or effective
FEEBLE Defined for Kids
Definition of feeble for Students
1 : lacking in strength or endurance <a feeble old dog>
2 : not effective or sufficient <a feeble attempt> <Her feeble cry could not be heard.>
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