Feeble definition

fēbəl
Weak; not strong.
  • Infirm.
    A feeble old man.
  • Without force or effectiveness.
    A feeble light, a feeble attempt.
  • Easily broken; frail.
    A feeble barrier.
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That was a feeble excuse for an example.

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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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Having little capacity to withstand pressure or strain.

The castle's feeble defenses.

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Lacking bodily strength; weak.

Too feeble to climb the hill.

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Having little intensity or strength; faint.

Feeble light; a feeble voice.

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Lacking vigor or effectiveness; inadequate.

A feeble attempt to apologize.

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Showing little activity.

A feeble housing market.

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Though she appeared old and feeble, she could still throw a ball.

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(obsolete) To make feeble; to enfeeble.
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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
feeble
Comparative:
feebler
Superlative:
feeblest

Origin of feeble

  • Middle English feble from Old French from Latin flēbilis lamentable from flēre to weep

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English feble, from Anglo-Norman feble (“weak, feeble”), from Latin flēbilis (“tearful, mournful, lamentable”), from flēre (“to weep”), akin to fluere (“to flow”); see fluent.

    From Wiktionary