adjective, fee·bler, fee·blest.
Origin of feeble
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|Bruce Riedel|November 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
However, Plato and Aristotle each called for the exposure of feeble infants.
Our feeble attempts to push back the Grim Reaper only sharpen its cruel bite, not dull it.
The best line of his speech: “Words seem so futile, so feeble.”Best Oscar Speeches of All Time: Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep & More|Kevin Fallon|March 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Robert Edsel|February 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And yet there was one gleam of hope, feeble as the yellow flicker of the gas-lamp across the way.The Big Bow Mystery|I. Zangwill
It was true she had given trouble, but she was old, feeble, and ailing.Glimpses into the Abyss|Mary Higgs
But when we are old and feeble, who will gather in the golden sheaves?The Story of a Life|J. Breckenridge Ellis
Our horses were so poor and feeble that it was impossible to chase them with any hope of success.What I Saw in California|Edwin Bryant
Yet this objection, as frequent as feeble, must be more specifically answered.The Seven Lamps of Architecture|John Ruskin
British Dictionary definitions for feeble
Word Origin for feeble
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.