[ in-furm ]
/ ɪnˈfɜrm /


feeble or weak in body or health, especially because of age; ailing.
unsteadfast, faltering, or irresolute, as persons or the mind; vacillating: infirm of purpose.
not firm, solid, or strong: an infirm support.
unsound or invalid, as an argument or a property title.

verb (used with object)

to invalidate.

Nearby words

  1. infinitively,
  2. infinitize,
  3. infinitude,
  4. infinitum,
  5. infinity,
  6. infirmarian,
  7. infirmary,
  8. infirmity,
  9. infirmly,
  10. infix

Origin of infirm

1325–75; Middle English infirme < Latin infirmus. See in-3, firm1

Related formsin·firm·ly, adverbin·firm·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for infirm


/ (ɪnˈfɜːm) /


  1. weak in health or body, esp from old age
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the)the infirm
lacking moral certainty; indecisive or irresolute
not stable, sound, or securean infirm structure; an infirm claim
law (of a law, custom, etc) lacking legal force; invalid
Derived Formsinfirmly, adverbinfirmness, noun

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Word Origin and History for 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.

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Medicine definitions for infirm


[ ĭn-fûrm ]


Weak in body, especially from old age or disease; feeble.

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