verb (used with object)
Origin of infirm
Examples from the Web for infirm
The next evening, Romero was saying mass in the chapel at the hospice where he lived in a tiny room near the infirm and the dying.Why Pope Francis Wants to Declare Murdered Archbishop Romero a Saint|Christopher Dickey|August 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Was the infirm old soldier, perhaps, taking Obama to task for the scandals in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs?What the D-Day Veteran Told Obama at the 70th Anniversary Commemoration|Christopher Dickey|June 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Are we unfairly neglecting the up-and-coming in favor of the old and infirm?
This created a good incentive for the other justices to lobby the infirm one to step down.
I get sick when I hear of the charities obliterated and the old and infirm investors who are left with nothing.
This rule does not hold true when one of the guests is infirm, or when the hostess is entertaining a very distinguished visitor.Book of Etiquette|Lillian Eichler
The useless part of the population—the infirm and the aged—had for the most part been shipped off to Sicily.History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain.|William H. Prescott
A storm had rendered the roads almost impassable, keeping most of the aged and infirm from sharing in this glorious pastime.
Louis Napoleon is now aged and infirm, his father and mother having died many years ago.Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States|Work Projects Administration
In his unwieldy and infirm state, during his latter years, the accident is not improbable.Life and Correspondence of David Hume, Volume II (of 2)|John Hill Burton
- weak in health or body, esp from old age
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the infirm
late 14c., "weak, unsound" (of things), from Latin infirmus "weak, frail, feeble" (figuratively "superstitious, pusillanimous, inconstant"), from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + firmus (see firm (adj.)). Of persons, "not strong, unhealthy," first recorded c.1600. As a noun from 1711.