Feeble meaning


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.adjective81Weak; not strong.

  • Infirm.A feeble old man.
  • Without force or effectiveness.A feeble light, a feeble attempt.
  • Easily broken; frail.A feeble barrier.

adjective60Lacking forcevigor, or efficiency in action or expressionfaint.

That was a feeble excuse for an example.adjective30(obsolete) To make feeble; to enfeeble.verb30Deficient in physicalstrengthweakinfirmdebilitated.

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

Having little capacity to withstand pressure or strain.

The castle’s feeble defenses.adjective00


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

Feeble Sentence Examples

  • Their government was feeble and corrupt.
  • While the fools looked for my car nearby, I, in spite of excruciating pain, managed to escape their feeble efforts to find me.
  • Daylight was making a feeble attempt to break through the heavy cloud cover.
  • All who reach old age must lose their strength and become like him, feeble and gray.

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