Definition of feeble
1a : markedly lacking in strength a feeble old manb : 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 Jacobsb : 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.
Recent Examples of feeble from the Web
Unions are skeptical, saying the report is a feeble response to inequity.
But older adults who want to dispel notions of becoming feeble have growing ranks to emulate.
The good news for the Knicks is that the Eastern Conference continues to grow more feeble.
A drunken stupor isn’t exactly an option here; luckily, Louis-Dreyfus is smart enough to turn even feeble straight lines into funny anecdotes.
And two weeks ago, officials revised up their initial feeble estimate of 0.7% at an annual rate to a more respectable, but still sluggish 1.2% -- about half the tepid 2% average during the eight-year-old economic recovery.
Her cries for help went unheard, and her feeble attempts to lift herself up were unsuccessful.
His mistreatment of his children, underlined by his feeble tempts at redemption, not only make for great comedy, but hit home with anyone with less-than-perfect parents (spoiler, that's all of us).
The AL Central might be feeble, but the Astros and Red Sox and Yankees appear more than formidable should the Indians capture a second straight division title.
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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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