There were electric lamps in the ceiling, but the light was feeble and the power intermittent.
When fighting flares over Gaza, world leaders and pundits scamper to the same old and feeble solution: a ceasefire.
The best line of his speech: “Words seem so futile, so feeble.”
late 12c., from Old French feble (12c., Modern French faible) "weak, feeble," from Latin flebilis "lamentable," literally "that is to be wept over," from flere "weep, cry, shed tears, lament," from PIE *bhle- "to howl" (cf. bleat). The first -l- was dropped in Old French by dissimilation. The noun meaning "feeble person" is recorded from mid-14c.