Meaning of INFIRM in English

in ‧ firm /ɪnˈfɜːm $ -ɜːrm/ BrE AmE adjective

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ firmness , ↑ infirmity , the infirm; adjective : ↑ firm , ↑ infirm ; adverb : ↑ firmly ]

1 . weak or ill for a long time, especially because you are old:

Her grandmother is elderly and infirm.

2 . the infirm people who are weak or ill for a long time, especially because they are old:

The hotel is on a hill, which is not ideal for the infirm.

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■ not physically strong

▪ weak not physically strong, sometimes because you are ill:

Tom’s had flu and he’s still feeling weak.


The doctors said she was too weak to have an operation.


He suffered constantly from a weak chest.

▪ frail weak and thin, especially because you are old:

a frail 85-year-old lady


My grandfather’s becoming quite frail now.

▪ shaky feeling weak in your legs and only able to walk slowly and unsteadily:

When I came out of hospital I was a bit shaky for a while.

▪ puny /ˈpjuːni/ especially disapproving small, thin, and looking very weak:

his puny white arms


He was a puny little boy who was often bullied at school.

▪ feeble especially written weak and unable to do much because you are very ill, very old or young:

For a week she was too feeble to get out of bed.


a tiny, feeble baby

▪ delicate weak and often becoming ill easily:

a delicate child


She had rather a delicate constitution (=her body easily became ill) .

▪ infirm formal weak or ill for a long time, especially because you are old:

a residential home for people who are elderly and infirm


There are special facilities for wheelchair users and infirm guests.

▪ malnourished formal weak or ill because you have not had enough good food to eat:

Half a million people there are severely malnourished.


The organization provides emergency feeding for malnourished children.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.