- physically weak, as from age or sickness; frail.
- weak intellectually or morally: a feeble mind.
- lacking in volume, loudness, brightness, distinctness, etc.: a feeble voice; feeble light.
- lacking in force, strength, or effectiveness: feeble resistance; feeble arguments.
Origin of feeble
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Examples from the Web for feeble
That appears, at best, to be feeble, at worst to have atrophied altogether.Why’s Al Qaeda So Strong? Washington Has (Literally) No idea
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However, Plato and Aristotle each called for the exposure of feeble infants.Living With Disability in the Dark Ages
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Our feeble attempts to push back the Grim Reaper only sharpen its cruel bite, not dull it.The New World of Anti-Aging Dentistry
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The best line of his speech: “Words seem so futile, so feeble.”Best Oscar Speeches of All Time: Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep & More
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There were electric lamps in the ceiling, but the light was feeble and the power intermittent.The Real Monuments Men: The Coronation Chamber of Hitler
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It is but a feeble destiny that is wrecked by passion, when it should be ennobled.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
He called again, and this time thought he heard a feeble response.Weighed and Wanting
Yet, in the intensity of her utterance, the feeble whisper struck like a shriek of horror.Within the Law
Like is a feeble word to voice one's impressions of the land of lovely women.The Bacillus of Beauty
I then tried to see how feeble a current was audible in the telephone.
- lacking in physical or mental strength; frail; weak
- inadequate; unconvincingfeeble excuses
- easily influenced or indecisive
Word Origin and History for feeble
late 12c., from Old French feble (12c., Modern French faible) "weak, feeble," from Latin flebilis "lamentable," literally "that is to be wept over," from flere "weep, cry, shed tears, lament," from PIE *bhle- "to howl" (cf. bleat). The first -l- was dropped in Old French by dissimilation. The noun meaning "feeble person" is recorded from mid-14c.