feeble + -ly, euphonically blending -le and -ly due to difficulty of pronouncing *-blely. Compare nimbly, nobly, and Latinate -ably and -ibly.
Feebly Sentence Examples
The fire flickered feebly, its passion curbed by time as well.
She ran to her father, but he feebly waved his arm, pointing to her mother's door.
Little Tushin, moving feebly and awkwardly, kept telling his orderly to "refill my pipe for that one!" and then, scattering sparks from it, ran forward shading his eyes with his small hand to look at the French.
But the sanctions of this law were vaguely and, for the most part, feebly imagined; its principles were essentially unwritten, and thus referred not to the external will of an Almighty Being who claimed unquestioning submission, but rather to the reason that gods and men shared, by the exercise of which alone they could be adequately known and defined.
He feebly moved his leg and uttered a weak, sickly groan which aroused his own pity.