- The definition of feeble is someone who is weak or a half-hearted attempt or something that is faint or unconvincing.
- An example of feeble is an old person who is sick and who can't get out of bed on her own.
- An example of feeble is using the excuse that your car broke down when you are late even though the person who you are meeting knows your car is fine.
- An example of feeble is trying for only one second to solve a problem before giving up.
A feeble newborn lamb.
- infirm: a feeble old man
- without force or effectiveness: a feeble light, a feeble attempt
- easily broken; frail: a feeble barrier
Origin of feebleMiddle English feble ; from Old French faible, feble ; from Classical Latin flebilis, to be wept over ; from flere, to weep ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bhlē-, to howl from source bleat, blare
- a. Lacking bodily strength; weak: too feeble to climb the hill.b. Having little intensity or strength; faint: feeble light; a feeble voice.
- Having little capacity to withstand pressure or strain: the castle's feeble defenses.
- a. Lacking vigor or effectiveness; inadequate: a feeble attempt to apologize.b. Showing little activity: a feeble housing market. See Synonyms at weak.
Origin of feebleMiddle English feble, from Old French, from Latin flēbilis, lamentable, from flēre, to weep.
(comparative feebler, superlative feeblest)
(third-person singular simple present feebles, present participle feebling, simple past and past participle feebled)
- (obsolete) To make feeble; to enfeeble.