feebly


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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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.feebly - in a faint and feeble manner; "the lighthouse, flashing feebly against the sleet-blurred, rocky backdrop of the coast of north west Norway"
2.feebly - in a halting and feeble manner; "reform, in fact, is, rather feebly, on the win"
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Translations
بِضَعْف
slabě
veiklulega
zayıfça

feebly

[ˈfiːblɪ] ADV
1. (= weakly) [move, struggle] → débilmente; [smile, laugh] → lánguidamente, débilmente; [shine] → tenuemente
2. (= ineffectually) [protest] → sin fuerzas
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

feebly

[ˈfiːbli] adv
[move] → faiblement
(= weakly) [say, protest, laugh] → sans grande conviction
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

feebly

adv shine, move, attempt, resist, applaudschwach; smilekläglich; say, explainwenig überzeugend; he performed feeblyer zeigte eine klägliche Leistung
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

feebly

[ˈfiːblɪ] adv (move, smile) → a fatica; (say, explain) → in modo poco convincente
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

feeble

(ˈfiːbl) adjective
weak. The old lady has been rather feeble since her illness; a feeble excuse.
ˈfeebly adverb
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.
References in classic literature ?
As if the towers had thrown aside, In slightly sinking, the dull tide - As if their tops had feebly given A void within the filmy Heaven.
"My brethren," said Father Ephraim to the surrounding elders, feebly exerting himself to utter these few words, "here are the son and daughter to whom I would commit the trust of which Providence is about to lighten my weary shoulders.
Arthur lay still for some minutes after Adam was gone, but presently he rose feebly from the ottoman and peered about slowly in the broken moonlight, seeking something.
She tottered up the steps, clutching feebly at the post before passing into the house.
Aye, lighting from the boat to the deck, thus I trample on thee, thou paltry thing that feebly pointest on high; thus I split and destroy thee!
"Immediately!" articulated D'Artagnan, feebly, subdued, crushed by implacable impossibility.
"Yes, yes, sh--sh--sh--" was all Kitty answered, rocking a little, and tenderly squeezing the plump little arm, with rolls of fat at the wrist, which Mitya still waved feebly as he opened and shut his eyes.
When he got upon his feet at last and moved feebly down-town, a melancholy change had come over everything and every creature.
Rebecca held out her arms and the old aunt crept into them feebly, as she did on that day when she opened the grave of her buried love and showed the dead face, just for an instant, to a child.
Her eagerness to be gone from Norland was preserved from diminution by the evident satisfaction of her daughter-in-law in the prospect of her removal; a satisfaction which was but feebly attempted to be concealed under a cold invitation to her to defer her departure.
We dressed him, while he feebly cursed us, got him downstairs, into a cab, and eventually to Stroeve's studio.
"Anything you like," she replied feebly, "but kill me quickly!"