feeble vs weakly what difference

what is difference between feeble and weakly

English

Etymology

From Middle English feble, from Anglo-Norman feble (weak, feeble) (compare French faible), from Latin flēbilis (tearful, mournful, lamentable). Doublet of foible.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfiːbəl/
  • Rhymes: -iːbəl

Adjective

feeble (comparative feebler, superlative feeblest)

  1. Deficient in physical strength
    Though she appeared old and feeble, she could still throw a ball.
  2. Lacking force, vigor, or efficiency in action or expression; faint.
    That was a feeble excuse for an example.

Synonyms

  • (physically weak): weak, infirm, debilitated
  • (wanting force, vigor or efficiency): faint

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

feeble (third-person singular simple present feebles, present participle feebling, simple past and past participle feebled)

  1. (obsolete) To make feeble; to enfeeble.

References

  • feeble in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • feeble in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

Anagrams

  • beflee

Middle English

Adjective

feeble

  1. Alternative form of feble


English

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈwiːkli/
  • Rhymes: -iːk.li
  • Homophone: weekly

Etymology 1

From weak +‎ -ly; compare Old English wāclīċ (weak; ignoble; mean), and Old Norse veikligr (weakly; sick); both ultimately from Proto-Germanic *waikalīkaz (weakly; weak).

Adjective

weakly (comparative weaklier, superlative weakliest)

  1. Frail, sickly or of a delicate constitution; weak.
Derived terms

Etymology 2

From Middle English weykly, equivalent to weak +‎ -ly. Compare Old High German weihlīcho (weakly), Middle English wocliche, wokli, wacliche (both from Proto-Germanic *waikalīkō).

Adverb

weakly (comparative more weakly, superlative most weakly)

  1. With little strength or force.
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