Feeble

  • 1 Feeble — Fee ble (f[=e] b l), a. [Compar. {Feebler} ( bl[ e]r); superl. {Feeblest} ( bl[e^]st).] [OE. feble, OF. feble, flebe, floibe, floible, foible, F. faible, L. flebilis to be wept over, lamentable, wretched, fr. flere to weep. Cf. {Foible}.] 1.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 feeble — [fē′bəl] adj. feebler, feeblest [ME feble < OFr faible, feble < L flebilis, to be wept over < flere, to weep < IE base * bhlē , to howl > BLEAT, BLARE] weak; not strong; specif., a) infirm [a feeble old man] b) without force or… …

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  • 3 Feeble — may refer to: *Feeble, one of the imaginary anthropomorphic characters of the 1989 film Meet the Feebles *Feeble, is the name of Travis Barker s first band *Feeble grind, a type of skateboarding trick …

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  • 4 feeble — (adj.) late 12c., from O.Fr. feble (12c., Mod.Fr. faible) weak, feeble, from L. flebilis lamentable, lit. that is to be wept over, from flere weep, cry, shed tears, lament, from PIE *bhle to howl (Cf. BLEAT (Cf. bleat)). The first l was dropped… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 feeble — ► ADJECTIVE (feebler, feeblest) 1) lacking physical or mental strength. 2) failing to convince or impress: a feeble excuse. DERIVATIVES feebleness noun feebly adverb. ORIGIN Old French fieble, from Latin flebil …

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  • 6 Feeble — Fee ble, v. t. To make feble; to enfeeble. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Shall that victorious hand be feebled here? Shak. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 7 feeble — index decadent, helpless (powerless), imperfect, inadept, inadequate, incapable, inconspicuous, ineff …

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  • 8 feeble — *weak, infirm, decrepit, frail, fragile Analogous words: unnerved, enervated, emasculated, unmanned (see UNNERVE): debilitated, weakened, enfeebled, disabled, crippled (see WEAKEN): *powerless, impotent Antonyms: robust Contrasted words: *strong …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 9 feeble — [adj] not strong; ineffective aged, ailing, chicken*, debilitated, decrepit, delicate, doddering, dopey*, effete, emasculated, enervated, enfeebled, etiolated, exhausted, failing, faint, flabby*, flat, fragile, frail, gentle, helpless, impotent,… …

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  • 10 feeble — [[t]fi͟ːb(ə)l[/t]] feebler, feeblest 1) ADJ GRADED If you describe someone or something as feeble, you mean that they are weak. He told them he was old and feeble and was not able to walk so far... The feeble light of a tin lamp. Derived words:… …

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  • 11 feeble — UK [ˈfiːb(ə)l] / US [ˈfɪb(ə)l] adjective Word forms feeble : adjective feeble comparative feebler superlative feeblest 1) physically weak, especially because you are old or ill 2) not strong enough to be seen or heard clearly a feeble light/voice …

    English dictionary

  • 12 feeble — fee|ble [ fibl ] adjective 1. ) physically weak, especially because you are old or sick 2. ) not strong enough to be seen or heard clearly: a feeble light/voice 3. ) not good enough to achieve the intended result: feeble excuse: That s a pretty… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 feeble — /ˈfibəl / (say feebuhl) adjective (feebler, feeblest) 1. physically weak, as from age, sickness, etc. 2. weak intellectually or morally: a feeble mind. 3. lacking in volume, loudness, brightness, distinctness, etc.: a feeble voice; feeble light.… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 14 feeble — feebleness, n. feeblish, adj. feebly, adv. /fee beuhl/, adj., feebler, feeblest. 1. physically weak, as from age or sickness; frail. 2. weak intellectually or morally: a feeble mind. 3. lacking in volume, loudness, brightness, distinctness, etc …

    Universalium

  • 15 feeble — adjective 1 extremely weak: My grandfather was too feeble to sit up in bed. | a feeble attempt 2 a feeble joke, excuse, argument etc is not very good or effective: people who come in late with feeble excuses 3 a feeble manager, teacher etc cannot …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 feeble — fee|ble [ˈfi:bəl] adj [Date: 1100 1200; : Old French; Origin: feble, from Latin flebilis causing tears, weak ] 1.) extremely weak ▪ His voice sounded feeble and far away. ▪ She was too feeble to leave her room. 2.) not very good or effective ▪ a… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 feeble — adjective 1) he was very old and feeble Syn: weak, weakly, weakened, frail, infirm, delicate, sickly, ailing, unwell, poorly, enfeebled, enervated, debilitated, incapacitated, decrepit, etiolated …

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  • 18 feeble — adjective 1) old and feeble Syn: weak, weakened, debilitated, enfeebled, frail, decrepit, infirm, delicate, sickly, ailing, unwell, poorly 2) a feeble argument Syn …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • 19 feeble — [ˈfiːb(ə)l] adj 1) physically weak 2) not good enough to achieve the intended result a feeble attempt[/ex] a feeble excuse[/ex] 3) not strong enough to be seen or heard clearly a feeble light/voice[/ex] feebly adv …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 20 feeble — fee•ble [[t]ˈfi bəl[/t]] adj. bler, blest 1) physically weak, as from age or sickness; frail 2) weak intellectually or morally: a feeble mind[/ex] 3) lacking in volume, brightness, distinctness, etc.: feeble light[/ex] 4) lacking in substance or… …

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