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[week-need] /ˈwikˈnid/
yielding readily to opposition, pressure, intimidation, etc.
Origin of weak-kneed
First recorded in 1860-65
Related forms
weak-kneedly, adverb
weak-kneedness, noun Unabridged
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  • The sheep were to be washed and sheared, too, and the awkward, weak-kneed calves to be fed.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • Mrs. Calvert's good nature was not the good nature of the faint-hearted or weak-kneed.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • It was Drury Boldin, weak-kneed and putty-faced, who went hunting now.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • Up until she'd slapped me, I'd been weak-kneed and dry-mouthed with what I had to do.

    Lone Star Planet Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
  • If he is weak-kneed in a crisis, his followers will be weak-kneed.

  • The weak-kneed wastrel let fall the box with a thud upon the floor.

    Tommy and Co. Jerome K. Jerome
  • The weak-kneed wastrel, receiving to his astonishment a shilling, departed.

    Tommy and Co. Jerome K. Jerome
  • One glance at her, and both Hurstwood and Drouet saw plainly that she also was weak-kneed.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
British Dictionary definitions for weak-kneed


(informal) yielding readily to force, persuasion, intimidation, etc
Derived Forms
weak-kneedly, adverb
weak-kneedness, noun
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