What does feeble mean?

Definitions for feeble
ˈfi bəlfee·ble

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word feeble.

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.

ChatGPT

  1. feeble

    Feeble can be defined as being weak, lacking strength or energy, and having little force or power. It often describes something or someone that is physically or mentally frail, delicate, or ineffective.

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. Orison Swett Marden:

    The greatest trouble with most of us is that our demands upon ourselves are so feeble, the call upon the great within of us so weak and intermittent that it makes no impression upon the creative energies; it lacks the force that transmutes desires into realities.

  2. James Bridie:

    Boredom is a sign of satisfied ignorance, blunted apprehension, crass sympathies, dull understanding, feeble powers of attention, and irreclaimable weakness of character.

  3. Blaise Pascal, quoted by Rebecca West in BLACK LAMB AND GREY FALCON: A JOURNEY THROUGH YUGOSLAVIA, 1940:

    Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature, but he is a thinking reed. The entire universe need not arm itself to crush him. A vapour, a drop of water, suffices to kill him. But if the universe were to crush him, man would still be more noble than that which killed him, because he knows that he dies and the advantage which the universe has over him; the universe knows nothing of this.

  4. Butler:

    Man is supreme lord and master Of his own ruin and disaster, Controls his fate, but nothing less In ordering his own happiness: For all his care and providence Is too feeble a defence To render it secure and certain Against the injuries of Fortune; And oft, in spite of all his wit, Is lost by one unlucky hit, And ruined with a circumstance, And mere punctilio of a chance.

  5. Ted Nugent:

    To my mind it is wholly irresponsible to go into the world incapable of preventing violence, injury, crime, and death. How feeble is the mindset to accept defenselessness. How unnatural. How cheap. How cowardly. How pathetic.

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