- 1A minor weakness or eccentricity in someone’s character: they have to tolerate each other’s little foiblesMore example sentences
- Do you think they just have a screenwriting computer programme that builds in all these character flaws and foibles?
- He is certainly an avuncular figure, more paternal than patriarchal, yet even his faults and foibles are masculine in character.
- Character faults and foibles surface slowly and are dealt with compassionately.
- 2 Fencing The part of a sword blade from the middle to the point. Compare with forte1.More example sentences
- Again footwork is often required to create the correct distance to allow you to parry the foible of the attacking blade.
- This technique begins at the instant when the foible of the adversary's blade is against the forte of your blade.
- He parries with his foible when a feint is close but his real defense is his feet.
late 16th century (as an adjective in the sense 'feeble'): from obsolete French, in Old French fieble (see feeble). Both noun senses also formerly occurred as senses of the word feeble and all date from the 17th century.