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.
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.
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up feeble? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).