Definition of foible noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈfɔɪbl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔɪbl//
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a silly habit or a strange or weak aspect of a person’s character, that is considered harmless by other people synonym idiosyncrasy We have to tolerate each other's little foibles. He often writes about the workings of government and the foibles of politicians. I soon got used to his little foibles. Word Originlate 16th cent. (as an adjective in the sense ‘feeble’): from obsolete French, in Old French fieble, from Latin flebilis ‘lamentable’, from flere ‘weep’. This sense also formerly occurred as a sense of the word feeble and dates from the 17th cent.
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