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Definitions for feeble
ˈfi bəlfee·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. feeble, lameadjective

    pathetically lacking in force or effectiveness

    "a feeble excuse"; "a lame argument"

  2. faint, feebleadjective

    lacking strength or vigor

    "damning with faint praise"; "faint resistance"; "feeble efforts"; "a feeble voice"

  3. decrepit, debile, feeble, infirm, rickety, sapless, weak, weaklyadjective

    lacking bodily or muscular strength or vitality

    "a feeble old woman"; "her body looked sapless"

  4. feeble, nervelessadjective

    lacking strength

    "a weak, nerveless fool, devoid of energy and promptitude"- Nathaniel Hawthorne

Wiktionary

  1. feebleverb

    To make feeble; to enfeeble.

  2. feebleadjective

    Deficient in physical strength; weak; infirm; debilitated.

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

  3. feebleadjective

    Lacking force, vigor, or efficiency in action or expression; faint.

    That was a feeble excuse for an example.

  4. Etymology: From feble, from feble, from flebilis, from flere, akin to fluere; see fluent.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FEEBLEadjective

    Weak; debilitated; sickly; infirm; without strength of body or mind.

    Etymology: foible, French.

    The men carried all the feeble upon asses to Jericho. 2 Chron.

    Command th’ assistance of a faithful friend,
    But feeble are the succours I can send. John Dryden, Æn.

    How I have lov’d, excuse my falt’ring tongue;
    My spirits feeble, and my pains are strong. Dryden.

    We carry the image of God in us, a rational and immortal soul; and though we be now miserable and feeble, yet we aspire after eternal happiness, and finally expect a great exaltation of all our natural powers. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    A crutch that helps the weak along,
    Supports the feeble, but retards the strong. Smith.

  2. To Feebleverb

    To weaken; to enfeeble; to deprive of strength or power. Not in use.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Or as a castle reared high and round,
    By subtile engines and malicious slight
    Is undermined from the lowest ground,
    And her foundation forc’d and feebled quite. Fairy Queen.

    Shall that victorious hand be feebled here,
    That in your chambers gave you chastisement? William Shakespeare, K. John.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Feeble

    deficient in physical strength; weak; infirm; debilitated

  2. Feeble

    wanting force, vigor, or efficiency in action or expression; not full, loud, bright, strong, rapid, etc.; faint; as, a feeble color; feeble motion

  3. Feebleverb

    to make feble; to enfeeble

  4. Etymology: [OE. feble, OF. feble, flebe, floibe, floible, foible, F. faible, L. flebilis to be wept over, lamentable, wretched, fr. flere to weep. Cf. Foible.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Feeble

    fē′bl, adj. weak: wanting in strength of body, energy, or efficiency: showing weakness or incapacity: faint: dull.—adj. Fee′ble-mind′ed, weak-minded: irresolute.—n. Fee′bleness—(Spens.) Fe′blesse.—adv. Fee′bly. [O. Fr. foible, for floible—L. flebilis, lamentable, from flēre, to weep.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of feeble in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of feeble in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of feeble in a Sentence

  1. William Shakespeare:

    It is not enough to help the feeble up, but to support him after.

  2. Jeanne-Marie Roland:

    The feeble tremble before opinion, the foolish defy it, the wise judge it, the skillful direct it.

  3. Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet:

    That which seems most feeble and bewildered in you is the strongest and most determined.

  4. Hannah More:

    One kernel is felt in a hogshead one drop of water helps to swell the ocean a spark of fire helps to give light to the world. None are too small, too feeble, too poor to be of service. Think of this and act.

  5. Henri Frdric Amiel:

    Liberty, equality - bad principles The only true principle for humanity is justice and justice to the feeble is protection and kindness.

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