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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fee-buh l]
    • /ˈfi bəl/
    • /ˈfiː.bl̩/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fee-buh l]
    • /ˈfi bəl/

Definitions of feeble word

  • adjective feeble physically weak, as from age or sickness; frail. 1
  • adjective feeble weak intellectually or morally: a feeble mind. 1
  • adjective feeble lacking in volume, loudness, brightness, distinctness, etc.: a feeble voice; feeble light. 1
  • adjective feeble lacking in force, strength, or effectiveness: feeble resistance; feeble arguments. 1
  • noun feeble Lacking physical strength, esp. as a result of age or illness. 1
  • adjective feeble weak: temporarily 1

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Origin of feeble

First appearance:

before 1125
One of the 6% oldest English words
1125-75; Middle English feble < Old French, variant of fleible (by dissimilation) < Latin flēbilis lamentable, equivalent to flē(re) to weep + -bilis -ble

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Parts of speech for Feeble


feeble popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 92% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for feeble

adj feeble

  • fragile — brittle
  • paltry — ridiculously or insultingly small: a paltry sum.
  • inefficient — not efficient; unable to effect or achieve the desired result with reasonable economy of means.
  • weakened — to make weak or weaker.
  • lame — an ornamental fabric in which metallic threads, as of gold or silver, are woven with silk, wool, rayon, or cotton.

adjective feeble

  • shaky — tending to shake or tremble.
  • meager — deficient in quantity or quality; lacking fullness or richness; scanty; inadequate: a meager salary; meager fare; a meager harvest.
  • emasculated — Simple past tense and past participle of emasculate.
  • enervated — Cause (someone) to feel drained of energy or vitality; weaken.
  • enfeebled — Make weak or feeble.

Antonyms for feeble

adj feeble

  • unbreakable — to smash, split, or divide into parts violently; reduce to pieces or fragments: He broke a vase.
  • capable — If a person or thing is capable of doing something, they have the ability to do it.
  • competent — Someone who is competent is efficient and effective.
  • efficient — (esp. of a system or machine) Achieving maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort or expense.
  • healthy — possessing or enjoying good health or a sound and vigorous mentality: a healthy body; a healthy mind.

adjective feeble

  • robust — strong and healthy; hardy; vigorous: a robust young man; a robust faith; a robust mind.
  • convincing — If you describe someone or something as convincing, you mean that they make you believe that a particular thing is true, correct, or genuine.
  • expert — A person who has a comprehensive and authoritative knowledge of or skill in a particular area.

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