The definition of foible is a small character flaw.
An example of a foible is when someone always chews with their mouth open instead of closed.
- a small weakness; slight frailty in character
- the weakest part of a sword blade, from the middle to the point
Origin of foibleobsolete variant, variety of French faible: see feeble
- A minor weakness or failing of character.
- The weaker section of a sword blade, from the middle to the tip.
Origin of foibleObsolete French foible weak point of a sword, weak from Old French feble weak ; see feeble .
- A quirk, idiosyncrasy, or mannerism; unusual habit or way (usage is typically plural), that is slightly strange or silly.
- Try to look past his foibles and see the friendly fellow underneath.
- (fencing) Part of a sword between the middle and the point, weaker than the forte.
- A weakness or failing of character.
(1640-50) From Early Modern French foible (“feeble”) (contemporary French faible).