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Meaning of INFIRM

Pronunciation:  in'furm

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  weak and feeble; "I'm feeling seedy today"
  2. [adj]  lacking firmness of will or character or purpose; "infirm of purpose; give me the daggers" - Shakespeare
  3. [adj]  lacking physical strength or vitality; "a feeble old woman"; "her body looked sapless"
  4. [adj]  confined to bed (by illness)
 

INFIRM is a 6 letter word that starts with I.

 

 Synonyms: bedfast, bedrid, bedridden, debilitated, decrepit, enfeebled, feeble, frail, ill, irresolute, sapless, seedy, sick, sick-abed, unhealthy, weak, weakly
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \In*firm"\ ([i^]n*f[~e]rm"), a. [L. infirmus: cf. F.
    infirme. See {In-} not, and {Firm}, a.]
    1. Not firm or sound; weak; feeble; as, an infirm body; an
       infirm constitution.
    
             A poor, infirm, weak, and despised old man. --Shak.
    
    2. Weak of mind or will; irresolute; vacillating. ``An infirm
       judgment.'' --Burke.
    
             Infirm of purpose!                    --Shak.
    
    3. Not solid or stable; insecure; precarious.
    
             He who fixes on false principles treads or infirm
             ground.                               --South.
    
    Syn: Debilitated; sickly; feeble; decrepit; weak; enfeebled;
         irresolute; vacillating; imbecile.
    
    
  2. \In*firm"\, v. t. [L. infirmare : cf. F. infirmer.]
    To weaken; to enfeeble. [Obs.] --Sir W. Raleigh.
    
    
 
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