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feeble

fee·ble

feeble

 
 
pronunciation:
fi bl
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part of speech: adjective
inflections: feebler, feeblest
definition 1: without strength or vigor, physically, mentally, or morally.
He become increasingly feeble with old age, but his wife remained vigorous.
synonyms:
delicate, faint, frail, impotent, pale, powerless, puny, weak
antonyms:
lusty, mighty, robust, stout, strong, vigorous
similar words:
effete, fragile, infirm, languid, limp, run-down, sickly, wan
definition 2: lacking force or intensity, as sound or light.
The weak kitten made only a feeble cry.
synonyms:
faint, pale, soft, thin, weak
antonyms:
forceful, lusty
similar words:
gentle, low, mild, obscure, small, vague
definition 3: insufficient or ineffective.
Uninterested in the game, he made only a feeble effort to learn how to play.
synonyms:
deficient, faint, feckless, futile, inadequate, ineffective, inefficient, insufficient, pale, poor, powerless, unavailing, useless, weak
antonyms:
effective, forceful
similar words:
effete, flimsy, hopeless, incompetent, lame, limp, puny, slipshod
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derivations: feebly (adv.), feebleness (n.)
Word History
Feeble comes from flebeles, a Latin word that means "to be wept over."
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