what is difference between feeble and weakly
From Middle English feble, from Anglo-Norman feble (“weak, feeble”) (compare French faible), from Latin flēbilis (“tearful, mournful, lamentable”). Doublet of foible.
- IPA(key): /ˈfiːbəl/
- Rhymes: -iːbəl
feeble (comparative feebler, superlative feeblest)
- Deficient in physical strength
- Though she appeared old and feeble, she could still throw a ball.
- Lacking force, vigor, or efficiency in action or expression; faint.
- That was a feeble excuse for an example.
- (physically weak): weak, infirm, debilitated
- (wanting force, vigor or efficiency): faint
feeble (third-person singular simple present feebles, present participle feebling, simple past and past participle feebled)
- (obsolete) To make feeble; to enfeeble.
- feeble in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- feeble in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- Alternative form of feble
- IPA(key): /ˈwiːkli/
- Rhymes: -iːk.li
- Homophone: weekly
From weak + -ly; compare Old English wāclīċ (“weak; ignoble; mean”), and Old Norse veikligr (“weakly; sick”); both ultimately from Proto-Germanic *waikalīkaz (“weakly; weak”).
weakly (comparative weaklier, superlative weakliest)
- Frail, sickly or of a delicate constitution; weak.
From Middle English weykly, equivalent to weak + -ly. Compare Old High German weihlīcho (“weakly”), Middle English wocliche, wokli, wacliche (both from Proto-Germanic *waikalīkō).
weakly (comparative more weakly, superlative most weakly)
- With little strength or force.