- 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 feebly
While Kerry and friends continue to feebly push for two states, Israel continues to build settlements at super-sonic speeds.The Erekat Came Back
November 15, 2013
He looked upward with a radiant expression, and feebly pressed her hand.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
But the mind of Ho-tai had begun to come back to him, feebly as from a far journey.The Trail Book
She but feebly blamed me, when she spoke, for not hearing what Mr. Solmes had to say.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
Great was her happiness on feeling that he feebly returned the clasp.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
John looked up, and seeing who it was, feebly held out his hand.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
- lacking in physical or mental strength; frail; weak
- inadequate; unconvincingfeeble excuses
- easily influenced or indecisive
Word Origin and History for feebly
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.