feeble

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adjective fee·ble \ˈfē-bəl\

Definition of feeble

feebler

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feeblest

play \ˈfē-b(ə-)ləst\
  1. 1a :  markedly lacking in strength a feeble old manb :  indicating weakness taking only feeble steps

  2. 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

feebleness

play \ˈfē-bəl-nəs\ noun

feebly

play \ˈfē-blē\ adverb

Examples of feeble in a Sentence

  1. She's still feeble from her long illness.

  2. We heard a feeble cry for help.

  3. Business is suffering because of the feeble economy.

  4. He made a feeble attempt to explain his behavior.

  5. He offered a feeble excuse for his behavior.

  6. 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

weak, feeble, frail, fragile, infirm, decrepit mean not strong enough to endure strain, pressure, or strenuous effort. weak applies to deficiency or inferiority in strength or power of any sort. felt weak after the surgery feeble suggests extreme weakness inviting pity or contempt. a feeble attempt to walk frail implies delicacy and slightness of constitution or structure. a frail teenager unable to enjoy sports fragile suggests frailty and brittleness unable to resist rough usage. a reclusive poet too fragile for the rigors of this world infirm suggests instability, unsoundness, and insecurity due to old age or crippling illness. infirm residents requiring constant care decrepit implies being worn-out or broken-down from long use or old age. the dowager's decrepit retainers

FEEBLE Defined for English Language Learners

feeble

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adjective fee·ble \ˈfē-bəl\

Definition of feeble for English Language Learners

  • : very weak

  • : not good enough : not successful or effective


FEEBLE Defined for Kids

feeble

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adjective fee·ble \ˈfē-bəl\

Definition of feeble for Students

feebler

\-blər\;

feeblest

\-bləst\
  1. 1 :  lacking in strength or endurance a feeble old dog

  2. 2 :  not effective or sufficient a feeble attempt Her feeble cry could not be heard.

feebleness

\-bəl-nəs\ noun

feebly

\-blē\ adverb


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