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fee·ble

 (fē′bəl)
adj. fee·bler, fee·blest
1.
a. Lacking bodily strength; weak: too feeble to climb the hill.
b. Having little intensity or strength; faint: feeble light; a feeble voice.
2. Having little capacity to withstand pressure or strain: the castle's feeble defenses.
3.
a. Lacking vigor or effectiveness; inadequate: a feeble attempt to apologize.
b. Showing little activity: a feeble housing market. See Synonyms at weak.

[Middle English feble, from Old French, from Latin flēbilis, lamentable, from flēre, to weep.]

fee′ble·ness n.
fee′bly adv.

feeble

(ˈfiːbəl)
adj
1. lacking in physical or mental strength; frail; weak
2. inadequate; unconvincing: feeble excuses.
3. easily influenced or indecisive
[C12: from Old French feble, fleible, from Latin flēbilis to be lamented, from flēre to weep]
ˈfeebleness n
ˈfeebly adv

fee•ble

(ˈfi bəl)

adj. -bler, -blest.
1. physically weak, as from age or sickness; frail.
2. weak intellectually or morally: a feeble mind.
3. lacking in volume, brightness, distinctness, etc.: feeble light.
4. lacking in substance or effectiveness: feeble arguments.
[1125–75; Middle English feble < Old French < Latin flēbilis lamentable =flē(re) to weep + -bilis -ble]
fee′ble•ness, n.
fee′blish, adj.
fee′bly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.feeble - pathetically lacking in force or effectiveness; "a feeble excuse"; "a lame argument"
weak - wanting in physical strength; "a weak pillar"
2.feeble - lacking strength or vigor; "damning with faint praise"; "faint resistance"; "feeble efforts"; "a feeble voice"
weak - wanting in physical strength; "a weak pillar"
3.feeble - lacking bodily or muscular strength or vitality; "a feeble old woman"; "her body looked sapless"
frail - physically weak; "an invalid's frail body"
4.feeble - lacking strength; "a weak, nerveless fool, devoid of energy and promptitude"- Nathaniel Hawthorne
powerless - lacking power

feeble

feeble

adjective
2. So lacking in strength as to be barely audible:
3. Having little substance or significance; not solidly based:
Translations
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hataraheikkovelttovoimaton
máttfarinn
nespēcīgsvārgs
beteženšibekslaboten

feeble

[ˈfiːbl] ADJ (feebler (compar) (feeblest (superl)))
1. (= weak) [person, cry, protest] → débil; [smile, laugh] → lánguido, débil; [light] → tenue
2. (= ineffective) [effort, attempt, resistance] → débil; [excuse, argument] → poco convincente, flojo; [joke] → soso

feeble

[ˈfiːbəl] adj
(= weak) [person] → faible
(= pale) [light] → faible
(= unconvincing) [argument] → piètrefeeble-minded [ˌfiːbəlˈmaɪndɪd] adjfaible d'esprit

feeble

adj (+er)
(= weak) personschwach, schwächlich; light, voiceschwach
(pej: = pathetic) person, effort, applause, support, smileschwach; attempt, performancekläglich; explanation, argument, ideawenig überzeugend; excusefaul (inf); jokelahm (inf); responsehalbherzig; don’t be so feeble!sei nicht so ein Waschlappen (inf)

feeble

[ˈfiːbl] adj (-er (comp) (-est (superl))) (gen) → debole; (joke) → pietoso/a (fam) (person) → rammollito/a

feeble

(ˈfiːbl) adjective
weak. The old lady has been rather feeble since her illness; a feeble excuse.
ˈfeebly adverb

feeble

a. débil, endeble.

feeble

adj débil
References in classic literature ?
One discovered that money couldn't keep shame and sorrow out of rich people's houses, another that, though she was poor, she was a great deal happier, with her youth, health, and good spirits, than a certain fretful, feeble old lady who couldn't enjoy her comforts, a third that, disagreeable as it was to help get dinner, it was harder still to go begging for it and the fourth, that even carnelian rings were not so valuable as good behavior.
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Swift was now rather old and feeble, taking only a nominal part in the activities of the firm made up of himself and his son.
We stood there in friendly silence, while the feeble minstrel sheltered in Antonia's hair went on with its scratchy chirp.
These feeble and broken sounds were, however, too familiar to the foresters to draw their attention from the more interesting matter of their dialogue.
It was so feeble and inconsistent a culmination to the beautiful scenery they had passed through, so hopeless and imbecile a conclusion to the preparation of that long picturesque journey, with its glimpses of sylvan and pastoral glades and canyons, that, as the coach swept down the last incline, and the remorseless monotony of the dead level spread out before them, furrowed by ditches and indented by pits, under cover of shielding their cheeks from the impalpable dust that rose beneath the plunging wheels, they buried their faces in their handkerchiefs, to hide a few half-hysterical tears.
The world is too chill and hard,--and I am too old, and too feeble, and too hopeless
Another figure in the scene is the outward-bound sailor, in quest of a protection; or the recently arrived one, pale and feeble, seeking a passport to the hospital.
They performed the dizziest feats of arithmetic, soaring quite out of MY feeble range, and perpetrated, in higher spirits than ever, geographical and historical jokes.
By hints, I asked him whether he did not propose going back, and having a coronation; since he might now consider his father dead and gone, he being very old and feeble at the last accounts.
And now that at the proper time and place, after so long and wide a preliminary cruise, Ahab, --all other whaling waters swept --seemed to have chased his foe into an ocean-fold, to slay him the more securely there; now, that he found himself hard by the very latitude and longitude where his tormenting wound had been inflicted; now that a vessel had been spoken which on the very day preceding had actually encountered Moby Dick; --and now that all his successive meetings with various ships contrastingly concurred to show the demoniac indifference with which the white whale tore his hunters, whether sinning or sinned against; now it was that there lurked a something in the old man's eyes, which it was hardly sufferable for feeble souls to see.
His old coachman, who has lived with him thirty years, is getting feeble, and he wants a man to work with him and get into his ways, who would be able, when the old man was pensioned off, to step into his place.