Feeble

[f_ˈiː_b_əl], [fˈiːbə͡l], [fˈiːbə‍l]

Definitions of feeble:

  1.   pathetically lacking in force or effectiveness; " a feeble excuse"; " a lame argument"
  2.   Weak; infirm; weakened by disease or wanting vigour; faint; dull.
  3.   To make feble; to enfeeble.
  4.   That part of a sword or fencing- foil extending from about the middle of the blade to the point; so called because it is the weakest portion of the weapon for resisting pressure, deflecting a blow, etc. Called also FAIBLE and FOIBLE.
  5.   Feebly.
  6.   Weak; infirm; faint; imperfect; slender.
  7.   Weak; wanting in strength of body; showing weakness or incapacity; faint; dull.
  8.   Weak; wanting in physical strength or mental power; infirm.
  9.   Deficient in physical strength; weak; infirm; debilitated.
  10.   Feebleness.
  11.   Lacking strength or vigor; weak.
  12.   lacking physical strength or vitality; " a feeble old woman"; " her body looked sapless"
  13.   lacking strength or vigor; " damning with faint praise"; " faint resistance"; " feeble efforts"; " a feeble voice"
  14.   Wanting force, vigor, or efficiency in action or expression; not full, loud, bright, strong, rapid, etc.; faint; as, a feeble color; feeble motion.
  15.   lacking strength; " a weak, nerveless fool, devoid of energy and promptitude"- Nathaniel Hawthorne
  16.   Weak in mind or body; faint.

Antonyms for feeble:

competent, strapping, virile, hardy, decisive, solid, clear, muscular, bright, wholesome, brawny, fearsome, important, inured, intense, compelling, all-powerful, healthy, fearful, fit, profound, audial, vital, toughened, hefty, iron, significant, fortified, peppy, influential, capable, stalwart, satisfying, heavy, fierce, frightful, violent, vehement, sinewy, heavy-duty, puissant, conclusive, telling, sound, rugged, hellacious, burly, dynamic, auricular, resolute, beefy, furious, keen, auditory, conspicuous, stout, fresh, ferocious, well-conditioned, energetic, recovering, well, daring, sturdy, Convalescing, explosive, bouncing, gingery, hardened, invigorated, convincing, red-blooded, deep, blistering, whole, Energized, acute, hulking, hard, ghastly, Recuperating, athletic, powerful, excruciating, terrible, mighty, tough, brilliant, aural, persuasive, strengthened, tremendous, able-bodied, potent, audile, formidable, robust, vicious, exquisite, mesomorphic, acoustic, vigorous, flush, forceful, dangerous, hale, effective, dreadful, husky, omnipotent, intensive, hearty, strong, firm, Vitalized, cogent, lusty.


Quotes for feeble:

  1. The feeble soul merely whines and complains. – Taylor Caldwell
  2. An epigram is but a feeble thing- With straw in tail, stuck there by way of sting. – William Cowper
  3. What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult. – Sigmund Freud
  4. I have always thought of sophistication as rather a feeble substitute for decadence. – Christopher Hampton
  5. Judging from the letters I've received from obviously feeble -minded persons who wish I would write another These Old Shades, it ought to sell like hot cakes. – Georgette Heyer
  6. God is waiting eagerly to respond with new strength to each little act of self -control, small disciplines of prayer, feeble searching after him. And his children shall be filled if they will only hunger and thirst after what he offers. – Richard Holloway
  7. A man may be variously accomplished, and yet be a feeble poet. – George Henry Lewes
  8. A feeble execution is but another phrase for a bad execution; and a government ill executed, whatever may be its theory, must, in practice, be a bad government. – Joseph Story
  9. When we contemplate the heroes of Christianity, and compare our feeble efforts with their astonishing performance and self devotion, we should fall into despair, were there not a few softening features, by which they are brought back to the ranks of humanity. – John Strachan
  10. It accumulates over the years and I've led so many bands of my own now and forced myself into new situations... You would hope that you play better and better- until you just get too feeble to do it anymore. – Andy Summers
  11. Of my own spirit let me be in sole though feeble mastery. – Sara Teasdale
  12. It is the dissimilarities and inequalities among men which give rise to the notion of honor; as such differences become less, it grows feeble and when they disappear, it will vanish too. – Alexis de Tocqueville
  13. Brave men do not gather by thousands to torture and murder a single individual, so gagged and bound he cannot make even feeble resistance or defense. – Ida B. Wells

Usage examples for feeble:

  1. He sank back on his pillow exhausted; his voice became low and feeble – There was a King in Egypt by Norma Lorimer
  2. “ I believe the feeble bit of life in him would go out like a candle that's been blown upon. ” – The Heart of a Woman by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  3. The afternoon light, already growing feeble in the open air, had almost deserted the interior of the shop. ” – Hyacinth 1906 by George A. Birmingham
  4. Nine, all told, have been reported, four of them old and feeble – The Whelps of the Wolf by George Marsh
  5. He has been so sadly feeble for the last three or four years, and I feel that we may lose him at any moment. ” – The Lovels of Arden by M. E. Braddon
  6. “ Mr. Demry sighed heavily, opened his eyes with an effort and, looking past the bowed head beside him, held out a feeble hand for the flowers. ” – Calvary Alley by Alice Hegan Rice
  7. Jimmy was old now, and had of late grown very feeble and we did not like to think of him out in that wild storm. ” – Fishin' Jimmy by Annie Trumbull Slosson
  8. The child was so young and so feeble it seemed doubtful whether it would live. ” – Wife in Name Only by Charlotte M. Braeme (Bertha M. Clay)
  9. She was sad and in very feeble health. ” – Elizabeth Gilbert and Her Work for the Blind by Frances Martin
  10. He is getting old and feeble – The Desired Woman by Will N. Harben
  11. “ I 'lows Uncle 'Rasmus is gettin' mighty ole; but he ain' so feeble yet but he kin hol' his own agin dese yere red- coated sogers. ” – The Minute Boys of York Town by James Otis
  12. They both understood what that feeble gesture meant. ” – Black Jack by Max Brand
  13. It has a feeble motion and is slowly added to and withdrawn from the eye. ” – Physiology and Hygiene for Secondary Schools by Francis M. Walters, A.M.
  14. Freddy managed a feeble smile. ” – O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1921 by Various
  15. The teacher lay on his bed, looking very feeble indeed. ” – Rico And Wiseli Rico And Stineli, And How Wiseli Was Provided For by Johanna Spyri
  16. Her father knew her, he had uttered her name with kindness, in his feeble and imperfect and childish way, he loved her! ” – Rachel Gray by Julia Kavanagh
  17. “ " Poor Ralph," she said to herself; " he means to do as well as he can, but he is so feeble – Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope
  18. Her voice had grown more and more feeble and now for a moment died away. ” – Anxious Audrey by Mabel Quiller-Couch
  19. But I had no idea that you were feeble that way. ” – The Hand of Ethelberta by Thomas Hardy
  20. The camera obscura is a feeble imitation of the true idea. ” – Caves of Terror by Talbot Mundy

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