[ foi-buhl ]
/ ˈfɔɪ bəl /


a minor weakness or failing of character; slight flaw or defect: an all-too-human foible.
the weaker part of a sword blade, between the middle and the point (opposed to forte).


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Origin of foible

1640–50; < French, obsolete form of faible feeble

Words nearby foible Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for foible

/ (ˈfɔɪbəl) /


a slight peculiarity or minor weakness; idiosyncrasy
the most vulnerable part of a sword's blade, from the middle to the tipCompare forte 1 (def. 2)

Word Origin for foible

C17: from obsolete French, from obsolete adj: feeble
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