Definition of feeble in English:

feeble

adjective

  • 1Lacking physical strength, especially as a result of age or illness.

    ‘my legs are very feeble after the flu’
    • ‘Yet what force on earth is weaker than the feeble strength of one?’
    • ‘Our sin makes us feeble and craven, and we long to flee from the liberty of the sons of God; but where now can we go?’
    • ‘Eighty-year-old Lucy is a small feeble woman, but what she lacks in physical strength, she makes up for in character.’
    • ‘Lacking any access to the strenuous life of the outdoors, they would be physically feeble.’
    • ‘It's too easy to choose the weakest, most feeble opponent and it's usually more about your own insecurities than a real challenge to combat.’
    • ‘He cries weakly, the effort clearly straining his feeble body.’
    • ‘They have already cast an evil spell over the weak and feeble King Henry.’
    • ‘Sometimes the pills make me feel faint and feeble.’
    • ‘She looks so weak and feeble from all her depression, but there's a strength in her now that was never there before.’
    • ‘Protagonists are helpless and feeble, benighted, physically weak and powerless.’
    • ‘She tried to pull it open even though she knew that there was no way it was going to come open by her feeble strength.’
    • ‘A small feeble middle aged man, wearing a white coat and glasses.’
    • ‘Occasionally she would have a fit of coughing, her body's very feeble last attempts at expelling her illness.’
    • ‘Today this peerless coach lies feeble and weak wanting assistance to meet his illness.’
    • ‘Upon seeing the seemingly weak and feeble counterpart behind him, he merely turned his attention back to blocking the other two and trying to escape.’
    • ‘But I'm convinced that what it releases is just my feeble reservoir of strength.’
    • ‘After that, I was far too weak and feeble to lift a glass.’
    • ‘Truth be told, it's great and, weak and feeble as I can be, I love it.’
    • ‘Weak and feeble, their gray feathers were sprinkled with fine grains of white salt.’
    • ‘Britain's hold on the colonies, though, ‘was the grip of a tired and feeble old man’.’
    weak, weakly, weakened, puny, wasted, frail, infirm, delicate, sickly, ailing, unwell, poorly, failing, helpless, powerless, impotent, enfeebled, enervated, debilitated, incapacitated, effete
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    1. 1.1 (of a sound) faint.
      ‘his voice sounded feeble and far away’
      • ‘We suddenly heard a feeble clang of the gate - like someone was knocking, but not very hard.’
      • ‘It was surprising how feeble Wills's replies sounded.’
      • ‘No matter how powerful and commanding your voice, it always sounds weak and feeble after loud music and graphics on a big screen, but the drama that was about to unfold really was a jarring contrast.’
      • ‘Her voice was the volume of a hamster's adorable, feeble squeak.’
      • ‘When asked what her strengths are she adopts a deliberately feeble voice and says, ‘I try really hard.’’
      • ‘Jackson took one look at her afflicted walk, and scooped her up in his arms, ignoring her feeble cry of protest.’
      • ‘The computer beeped and then made a feeble sound.’
      • ‘A little head peeped out of the broken egg, making a feeble sound.’
      • ‘There was a distinct amount of light filtering around the blinds and, through the window, the first feeble sounds of the dawn chorus.’
      • ‘He didn't realize how much it hurt until I gave out a feeble cry.’
      • ‘With a feeble squeak, his knees buckled, and he tumbled into a wall, eyes wide with shock.’
      • ‘The mother made me literally force-feed him, shoving puréed food into his mouth as he cried piteously in feeble protest.’
      • ‘With a feeble murmur her head drooped backward from a sudden spell of dizziness.’
      faint, dim, weak, pale, soft, subdued, muted, indistinct, unclear, vague
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    2. 1.2 Lacking strength of character.
      ‘she overreacted in such a feeble, juvenile way’
      • ‘Much of what constitutes educative efforts in Christian communities today is bland, feeble, and ineffectual.’
      • ‘And on it goes, each lame joke greeted with feeble, self-regarding applause and laughter that comes like a slow belch.’
      • ‘Until recently, the concern had been that the recovery in the euro zone was so pallid and feeble that the big euro zone economies could not take a rate increase.’
      • ‘In this time of war and destruction, a fearful thought, a threatening glance, were common and yet they still played with a weak mind or a feeble soul.’
      • ‘Worse than the comedy, however, are the director's feeble attempts at character building.’
      • ‘A Nietzschean may see it as a lie with which the feeble and timid console themselves for their inability to seize life as it should be seized.’
      • ‘The limp untheatricality and stale visual aesthetic of the production are feeble responses to the elemental power and ecstatic lyricism of Wagner's score.’
      • ‘It has been known for years that the test is illogical and is a joke, but they have enough clout to be able to persuade a weak government and feeble ministers.’
      • ‘Janes's budget was obviously restricted, but this is no excuse for a feeble script.’
      • ‘Other performers, again, are remarkable for vivacity of action and elocution, who nevertheless are felt to be feeble and ineffective in rousing an audience to emotion.’
      • ‘I can't lay the blame on the police, they are just doing as they are told, and are probably as sick of the system as me, but I strongly lay it on our feeble and weak justice system today.’
      • ‘It may have been too early to celebrate a nascent political vitality that remains, for now, too feeble and limited to convince that democracy is finally within our grasp.’
      • ‘The independent counsel's unprecedented challenge to the presidency evoked the most feeble and cowardly response from these quarters.’
      • ‘For a representative of a party caricatured for being rather feeble and spineless, he has been strikingly resolute throughout the crisis.’
      • ‘So far, the Bank of England's attempts to slow the consumer boom here look to have been as feeble as placing matchsticks in the path of an oncoming train.’
      • ‘To do so is a common but intellectually feeble move, itself a defence against uncomfortable reality.’
      • ‘His feeble attempt to strengthen the government's image failed.’
      cowardly, craven, faint-hearted, spineless, spiritless, lily-livered, chicken-livered, pigeon-hearted
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    3. 1.3 Failing to convince or impress.
      ‘a feeble excuse’
      • ‘These sound pretty feeble reasons for Tony Blair to flunk the great test of his leadership.’
      • ‘As my physics teacher wrote of my feeble efforts, years ago, ‘You can do better than this.’’
      • ‘And journalists who are trying to get him to talk are getting a particularly feeble excuse for why he won't.’
      • ‘The feeble excuses some people try to swing are funny.’
      • ‘Nor are they convinced by the administration's decision on Wednesday to lower the terror alert from orange to yellow, a rather feeble attempt to demonstrate the wisdom of this war.’
      • ‘On the contrary, the arguments are vague, slippery, feeble, circular or false.’
      • ‘However, those campaigns were no more than the feeble shouting of the weak, and did not impact the security and interests of other countries.’
      • ‘But the comedy is slack, the song lyrics feeble, the pace torpid.’
      • ‘I didn't want to ask to sleep next to her because the words sounded feeble in my head, like a child was saying them.’
      • ‘I don't care if it's part of underground culture or whatever other feeble excuse you've got, it's just plain rude.’
      • ‘But was there any reason besides political correctness to produce such a feeble, boring piece in the first place?’
      • ‘You'd end up writing a very pale and feeble imitation of a novel if you did that.’
      • ‘I could tell you that I only cry when I'm very sad or hurt, but those are feeble excuses, inadequate reasons for condoning my shameful crime.’
      • ‘When I re-read it in later years I realized that the plot was unrealistic, the dialogue feeble and the characterization nil.’
      • ‘It always sounds so pathetic when you refer to it, like some sort of feeble attempt to impress.’
      • ‘And there always seems to be some feeble excuse or other in an attempt to defend their illicit actions, rather than admitting that most of them are just downright bad.’
      • ‘Some of your ideas might sound feeble, even to your own ears.’
      • ‘We were always agreed, in good Augustinian fashion, that in a fallen world our best is but a faint intimation of, a feeble gesture toward, what ought to be.’
      • ‘Anyway, on top of that well, I started getting these - I suppose ‘bad vibes’ is all I can describe them as, but that sounds so feeble.’
      • ‘But of course, we all know that this feeble rubbish is only a weak-kneed attempt to be amusing.’
      ineffective, ineffectual, unsuccessful, inadequate, unconvincing, implausible, unsatisfactory, poor, weak, inept, tame, paltry, shallow, thin, flimsy, insubstantial
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French fieble, earlier fleible, from Latin flebilis ‘lamentable’, from flere ‘weep’.

Pronunciation

feeble

/ˈfēbəl//ˈfibəl/