From Middle English feble, from Anglo-Norman feble (“weak, feeble”) (compare French faible), from Latin flēbilis (“tearful, mournful, lamentable”), from flēre (“to weep”), akin to fluere (“to flow”); see fluent.
- Deficient in physical strength; weak; infirm; debilitated.
- Though she appeared old and feeble, she could still throw a ball.
2011 October 23, Tom Fordyce, “2011 Rugby World Cup final: New Zealand 8-7 France”, in BBC Sport:
- France were transformed from the feeble, divided unit that had squeaked past Wales in the semi-final, their half-backs finding the corners with beautifully judged kicks from hand, the forwards making yards with every drive and a reorganised Kiwi line-out beginning to malfunction.
- Lacking force, vigor, or efficiency in action or expression; faint.
- That was a feeble excuse for an example.
deficient in physical strength
wanting force, vigor or efficiency in action or expression