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feeble

[ fee-buh l ]
/ ˈfi bəl /
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adjective, fee·bler, fee·blest.

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.

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Origin of feeble

1125–75; Middle English feble < Old French, variant of fleible (by dissimilation) < Latin flēbilis lamentable, equivalent to flē(re) to weep + -bilis -ble
SYNONYMS FOR feeble
1 See weak.
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British Dictionary definitions for feeble

feeble

/ (ˈfiːbəl) /

adjective

lacking in physical or mental strength; frail; weak
inadequate; unconvincingfeeble excuses
easily influenced or indecisive
Derived Formsfeebleness, nounfeebly, adverb

Word Origin for feeble

C12: from Old French feble, fleible, from Latin flēbilis to be lamented, from flēre to weep
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for feeble

feeble


adj.

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.

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