- 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.
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- infirm: a feeble old man
- without force or effectiveness: a feeble light, a feeble attempt
- easily broken; frail: a feeble barrier
Origin: Middle 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
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adjective fee·bler, fee·blest
- a. Lacking strength; weak.b. Indicating weakness.
- Lacking vigor, force, or effectiveness; inadequate. See Synonyms at weak.
Origin: Middle English feble, from Old French, from Latin flēbilis, lamentable, from flēre, to weep.
- feeˈble·ness noun
- feeˈbly adverb