AskDefine | Define infirm

Dictionary Definition

infirm adj
1 confined to bed (by illness) [syn: bedfast, bedridden, bedrid, sick-abed]
2 lacking physical strength or vitality; "a feeble old woman"; "her body looked sapless" [syn: decrepit, debile, feeble, sapless, weak, weakly]
3 lacking firmness of will or character or purpose; "infirm of purpose; give me the daggers" - Shakespeare
4 weak and feeble; "I'm feeling seedy today" [syn: debilitated, enfeebled, seedy]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. weak or ill, not in good health.
    He was infirm of body but still keen of mind, and though it looked like he couldn't walk across the room, he crushed me in debate.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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