feeble

adjective
fee·​ble | \ ˈfē-bəl How to pronounce feeble (audio) \
feebler\ ˈfē-​b(ə-​)lər How to pronounce feebler (audio) \; feeblest\ ˈfē-​b(ə-​)ləst How to pronounce feeblest (audio) \

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

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Other Words from feeble

feebleness \ ˈfē-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce feebleness (audio) \ noun
feebly \ ˈfē-​blē How to pronounce feebly (audio) \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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.
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The feeblest offensive team in the major leagues feasted off Milwaukee Brewers pitching on Tuesday. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marlins 16, Brewers 0: A laugher from the very start," 4 June 2019 Our already feeble backyard was trashed by the patio construction, so sod made the most sense and when Jay our sprinkler guy came out we honest-to-goodness had the following exchange. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Bobby Witt Jr., Ned Yost, Patrick Mahomes and dad’n," 4 June 2019 Perhaps not to the degree that Moyes would like just yet, with the club's feeble showings in big games still proving problematic (Swansea away, as a case in point). SI.com, "Why Premier League Survival Should Herald a New Era of Optimism at West Ham Under David Moyes," 7 May 2018 And the Continent is already feeble—of the top 100 global technology companies, only 13 are in Europe. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Warner’s Plan to Ruin the Internet," 12 Aug. 2018 Mr Ince, who had run a pugnacious, entertaining campaign, capped by a huge rally in Istanbul, finished on a surprisingly feeble note. The Economist, "Turkey’s president sweeps the board and assumes greater powers," 25 June 2018 That, Dovey Johnson Roundtree knew, could have immense significance for her client, a feeble-minded day laborer accused of one of the most sensational murders of the mid-20th century. Margalit Fox, BostonGlobe.com, "Dovey Johnson Roundtree, barrier-breaking lawyer, 104," 23 May 2018 Despite their feeble opposition, Hungary's ruthless display evoked comparisons with the 'Magical Magyars' of 1954 - who, along with the Netherlands in 1974 and Brazil in 1982, are arguably one of the greatest sides who didn't win the World Cup. SI.com, "On This Day: 15th June - Hungary Roll Back the Years in Ten-Goal Demolition of Hopeless El Salvador," 15 June 2018 Mr Trump, and his generals, are exasperated by the feeble efforts of many NATO members to honour their promise to raise defence spending towards 2% of GDP by 2024. The Economist, "The Western alliance is in trouble," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of feeble

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for feeble

Middle English feble, from Anglo-French, from Latin flebilis lamentable, wretched, from flēre to weep — more at bleat

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feeble

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of feeble

: very weak
: not good enough : not successful or effective

feeble

adjective
fee·​ble | \ ˈfē-bəl How to pronounce feeble (audio) \
feebler\ -​blər \; feeblest\ -​bləst \

Kids Definition of feeble

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.

Other Words from feeble

feebleness \ -​bəl-​nəs \ noun
feebly \ -​blē \ adverb

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