1. pathetically lacking in force or effectiveness;
- Example: "a feeble excuse"
- Example: "a lame argument"
[syn: feeble, lame]
2. lacking strength or vigor;
- Example: "damning with faint praise"
- Example: "faint resistance"
- Example: "feeble efforts"
- Example: "a feeble voice"
[syn: faint, feeble]
3. lacking bodily or muscular strength or vitality;
- Example: "a feeble old woman"
- Example: "her body looked sapless"
[syn: decrepit, debile, feeble, infirm, rickety, sapless, weak, weakly]
4. lacking strength;
- Example: "a weak, nerveless fool, devoid of energy and promptitude"- Nathaniel Hawthorne
[syn: feeble, nerveless]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Feeble \Fee"ble\ (f[=e]"b'l), a. [Compar. Feebler (-bl[~e]r); superl. Feeblest (-bl[e^]st).] [OE. feble, OF. feble, flebe, floibe, floible, foible, F. faible, L. flebilis to be wept over, lamentable, wretched, fr. flere to weep. Cf. Foible.] 1. Deficient in physical strength; weak; infirm; debilitated. [1913 Webster] Carried all the feeble of them upon asses. --2 Chron. xxviii. 15. [1913 Webster] 2. Wanting force, vigor, or efficiency in action or expression; not full, loud, bright, strong, rapid, etc.; faint; as, a feeble color; feeble motion. "A lady's feeble voice." --Shak. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Feeble \Fee"ble\, v. t. To make feble; to enfeeble. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Shall that victorious hand be feebled here? --Shak. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
feeble adj 1: pathetically lacking in force or effectiveness; "a feeble excuse"; "a lame argument" [syn: feeble, lame] 2: lacking strength or vigor; "damning with faint praise"; "faint resistance"; "feeble efforts"; "a feeble voice" [syn: faint, feeble] 3: lacking bodily or muscular strength or vitality; "a feeble old woman"; "her body looked sapless" [syn: decrepit, debile, feeble, infirm, rickety, sapless, weak, weakly] 4: lacking strength; "a weak, nerveless fool, devoid of energy and promptitude"- Nathaniel Hawthorne [syn: feeble, nerveless]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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