feeble
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feeble(
fi
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buhl
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (very weak)
a. débil
In the middle of the night, we heard a feeble cry for help.En medio de la noche, oímos un grito débil pidiendo ayuda.
Susana was very feeble after her illness.Susana quedó muy débil después de su enfermedad.
b. tenue
The clouds broke and Kim could just barely make out the feeble light of a crescent moon.Las nubes se abrieron y Kim apenas pudo distinguir la luz tenue de una luna nueva.
2. (inadequate)
a. flojo
Geoff told us a feeble joke that provoked a slight chuckle.Geoff nos contó una broma floja que provocó una ligera risita.
b. pobre
Jane's excuse for not showing up for dinner last night was definitely feeble.La excusa de Jane por no venir a la cena anoche fue decididamente pobre.
c. poco convincente
Despite his feeble arguments, he still won in the court of public opinion.A pesar de sus argumentos poco convincentes, aún así ganó en el tribunal de la opinión pública.
d. débil
The minister's response was carefully scripted in a feeble attempt at convincing people he is an honest man.La respuesta del ministro fue cuidadosamente guionada como parte de un débil intento de convencer al público de su honestidad.
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feeble
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (person, light)
a. débil
2. (argument, excuse)
a. flojo(a), pobre
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feeble [ˈfiːbl]
adjective
feebler (comparative)feeblest (superlative)
1 (weak) [+person, cry, protest] débil; [+smile, laugh] lánguido; débil; [+light] tenue
he was now very old and feeble Within was shadow, and a dim feeble light from a little lamp A foreign ship passed only 50 yards away in poor light and did not hear or ignored the feeble cries directed at it After a feeble protest, he allowed himself to be led away ... said Hunter, managing to raise a wan and feeble smile
2 (ineffective) [+effort, attempt, resistance] débil; [+excuse, argument] poco convincente; flojo; [+joke] soso
It was a feeble attempt at a joke it was a gap which was never filled # at least not until a feeble attempt was made to do something about it It was a feeble attempt to assuage his own guilt There have been feeble efforts in the past to redistribute land in Ecuador They made a feeble resistance, shooting wildly, and the survivors took to their heels I couldn't believe she was making these feeble excuses to me I don't have all night to wait for your feeble excuses he has not stood up in public and distanced himself from this feeble argument the most feeble argument the hunting lobby has advanced is that their curtailed pleasures will lead to unemployment he attempted a joke but it came out sounding pretty feeble. Nobody laughed He forced a smile, glancing around, and tried a feeble joke Bonar's support and sympathy did not prevent Haig from scorning him as a "feeble man" who "failed to realise the urgent need for immediate and energetic action"
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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