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adjective,fee·bler, fee·blest.
  1. physically weak, as from age or sickness; frail.

  2. weak intellectually or morally: a feeble mind.

  1. lacking in volume, loudness, brightness, distinctness, etc.: a feeble voice; feeble light.

  2. lacking in force, strength, or effectiveness: feeble resistance; feeble arguments.

Origin of feeble

First recorded in 1125–75; Middle English feble, from Old French, variant of fleible (by dissimilation), from Latin flēbilis “lamentable,” equivalent to flēre “to weep” + -bilis-ble

synonym study For feeble

1. See weak.

Other words from feeble

  • fee·ble·ness, noun
  • feeblish, adjective
  • feebly, adverb
  • non·fee·ble, adjective
  • non·fee·ble·ness, noun
  • non·fee·b·ly, adverb
  • un·fee·ble, adjective
  • un·fee·ble·ness, noun
  • un·fee·b·ly, adverb

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How to use feeble in a sentence

  • She sat down and could not speak—the room whirled round and round—her white feebleness touched Mrs Morgan's heart.

    Ruth | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

British Dictionary definitions for feeble


/ (ˈfiːbəl) /

  1. lacking in physical or mental strength; frail; weak

  2. inadequate; unconvincing: feeble excuses

  1. easily influenced or indecisive

Origin of feeble

C12: from Old French feble, fleible, from Latin flēbilis to be lamented, from flēre to weep

Derived forms of feeble

  • feebleness, noun
  • feebly, adverb

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