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Meaning of FOIBLE

Pronunciation:  'foybul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the weaker part of a sword's blade from the forte to the tip
  2. [n]  a behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual

FOIBLE is a 6 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: idiosyncrasy, mannerism
 See Also: blade, brand, distinctiveness, part, peculiarity, portion, speciality, specialness, specialty, steel, sword



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Foi"ble\, a. [OF. foible. See {Feeble}.]
    Weak; feeble. [Obs.] --Lord Herbert.
  2. \Foi"ble\, n.
    1. A moral weakness; a failing; a weak point; a frailty.
             A disposition radically noble and generous, clouded
             and overshadowed by superficial foibles. --De
    2. The half of a sword blade or foil blade nearest the point;
       -- opposed to forte. [Written also {faible}.]
    Syn: Fault; imperfection; failing; weakness; infirmity;
         frailty; defect. See {Fault}.
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