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[fee-buh l] /ˈfi bəl/
adjective, feebler, feeblest.
physically weak, as from age or sickness; frail.
weak intellectually or morally:
a feeble mind.
lacking in volume, loudness, brightness, distinctness, etc.:
a feeble voice; feeble light.
lacking in force, strength, or effectiveness:
feeble resistance; feeble arguments.
Origin of feeble
1125-75; Middle English feble < Old French, variant of fleible (by dissimilation) < Latin flēbilis lamentable, equivalent to flē(re) to weep + -bilis -ble
Related forms
feebleness, noun
feeblish, adjective
feebly, adverb
nonfeeble, adjective
nonfeebleness, noun
nonfeebly, adverb
unfeeble, adjective
unfeebleness, noun
unfeebly, adverb
1. See weak. Unabridged
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  • But down below he is not so good by any means—no spring from the loins, and feeblish, not to say shipwrecky, about the knees.

    Tom Brown's Schooldays Thomas Hughes
  • But down below he is not so good by any means; no spring from the loins, and feeblish, not to say shipwrecky about the knees.

    Tom Brown at Rugby Thomas Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for feeblish


lacking in physical or mental strength; frail; weak
inadequate; unconvincing: feeble excuses
easily influenced or indecisive
Derived Forms
feebleness, noun
feebly, adverb
Word Origin
C12: from Old French feble, fleible, from Latin flēbilis to be lamented, from flēre to weep
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Word Origin and History for feeblish



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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