adjective feebler, feeblest
1 Lacking physical strength, especially as a result of age or illness.
1.1 (of a sound) faint.
1.2 Lacking strength of character.
1.3 Failing to convince or impress.
Middle English from Old French fieble, earlier fleible, from Latin flebilis ‘lamentable’, from flere ‘weep’.
Every day, Bob makes what usually turns out to be a feeble attempt to use a “new” word in an effective sentence. The result is commonly ineffectual.
The afternoon has passed
You know, it’s been a blast.
Yes, I had a nap, and
I’m sure glad you asked.
adjective grungier, grungiest
1 informal Grimy; dirty.
2 Relating to or denoting a form of rock music characterized by a raucous guitar sound and lazy vocal delivery.
2.1 Relating to the fashion associated with grunge rock, including loose, layered clothing and ripped jeans.
1960s perhaps suggested by grubby and dingy.
While I have no fear of dirt,
(How much can it hurt?),
There’s no need to be grungy.
Just wipe down with a sponge, see!
(Homage to Charles Schultz character Pig-Pen from “Peanuts”)
1 An inscribed or painted symbol considered to have magical power.
1.1 archaic A seal.
1.2 literary A sign or symbol.
Late Middle English from late Latin sigillum ‘sign’.
Stanley spied the sigil
While silent on his vigil.
It was, to him, no shock
To see it carved in rock.
[You might guess from the illustration that one of my favorite actors is Sigil Shepherd.]