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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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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
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The feeble fingers were never idle, and one of her pleasures was to make little things for the school children daily passing to and fro, to drop a pair of mittens from her window for a pair of purple hands, a needlebook for some small mother of many dolls, penwipers for young penmen toiling through forests of pothooks, scrapbooks for picture-loving eyes, and all manner of pleasant devices, till the reluctant climbers of the ladder of learning found their way strewn with flowers, as it were, and came to regard the gentle giver as a sort of fairy godmother, who sat above there, and showered down gifts miraculously suited to their tastes and needs.
The Panther, however, when he had recruited his feeble strength, freed himself with a sudden bound from the pit, and hastened to his den with rapid steps.
A KIND-HEARTED Physician sitting at the bedside of a patient afflicted with an incurable and painful disease, heard a noise behind him, and turning saw a cat laughing at the feeble efforts of a wounded mouse to drag itself out of the room.
Not knowing that the water was enchanted, he drank of it, and at once all his manly strength ebbed away, and he became faint and feeble.
Every one breakfasted at a different hour in the Red House, and the Squire was always the latest, giving a long chance to a rather feeble morning appetite before he tried it.
This principle was sufficient thenceforward to rid me of all those repentings and pangs of remorse that usually disturb the consciences of such feeble and uncertain minds as, destitute of any clear and determinate principle of choice, allow themselves one day to adopt a course of action as the best, which they abandon the next, as the opposite.
Crooks and Le Clerc were so feeble as to walk with difficulty, so that Mr.
Then his health became bad and he was too feeble to work.
his voice is too feeble to be heard above the din of the falls," was the answer; "beside, the cavern will prove his friend.
Carr staggered, but recovered himself with feeble violence.
with the feeble malice of a tired man; but, as he had no theory, and no coat on, he was unanimously set at nought - not to mention his smoking hard behind, as he stood with his back to the kitchen fire to draw the damp out: which was not calculated to inspire confidence.
In spite of the feeble struggles of the old man, the Saracens had already torn from him his upper garment, and were proceeding totally to disrobe him, when the sound of a bugle, twice winded without the castle, penetrated even to the recesses of the dungeon, and immediately after loud voices were heard calling for Sir Reginald Front-de-B