Definition of feeble adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈfiːbl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfiːbl//
    BrE BrE//ˈfiːblə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfiːblər//
    , feeblest
    BrE BrE//ˈfiːblɪst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfiːblɪst//
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  1. 1very weak a feeble old man The heartbeat was feeble and irregular.
  2. 2not effective; not showing determination or energy a feeble argument/excuse/joke a feeble attempt to explain Don't be so feeble! Tell her you don't want to go.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French fieble, earlier fleible, from Latin flebilis ‘lamentable’, from flere ‘weep’.Extra examples He told a few feeble jokes. He’s a bit feeble nowadays. She made a feeble attempt to explain what had happened.
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