- not strong; liable to yield, break, or collapse under pressure or strain; fragile; frail: a weak fortress; a weak spot in armor.
- lacking in bodily strength or healthy vigor, as from age or sickness; feeble; infirm: a weak old man; weak eyes.
- not having much political strength, governing power, or authority: a weak nation; a weak ruler.
- lacking in force, potency, or efficacy; impotent, ineffectual, or inadequate: weak sunlight; a weak wind.
- lacking in rhetorical or creative force or effectiveness: a weak reply to the charges; one of the author's weakest novels.
- lacking in logical or legal force or soundness: a weak argument.
- deficient in mental power, intelligence, or judgment: a weak mind.
- not having much moral strength or firmness, resolution, or force of character: to prove weak under temptation; weak compliance.
- deficient in amount, volume, loudness, intensity, etc.; faint; slight: a weak current of electricity; a weak pulse.
- deficient, lacking, or poor in something specified: a hand weak in trumps; I'm weak in spelling.
- deficient in the essential or usual properties or ingredients: weak tea.
- unstressed, as a syllable, vowel, or word.
- (of Germanic verbs) inflected with suffixes, without inherited change of the root vowel, as English work, worked, or having a preterit ending in a dental, as English bring, brought.
- (of Germanic nouns and adjectives) inflected with endings originally appropriate to stems terminating in -n, as the adjective alte in German der alte Mann (“the old man”).
- (of wheat or flour) having a low gluten content or having a poor quality of gluten.
- Photography. thin; not dense.
- Commerce. characterized by a decline in prices: The market was weak in the morning but rallied in the afternoon.
Origin of weak
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Examples from the Web for weakest
As sinister and well-resourced as it is, it may be the weakest link in the chain.Egypt’s LGBTs Fight Grindr Crackdown
October 18, 2014
“This is the weakest creature that walks the face of the earth: people,” Bar-Zohar says.When the Son of Hamas Spied for Israel
August 5, 2014
You know exactly what: Barack Obama is the weakest president ever, this is unconscionable.Bowe Bergdahl Is the Right’s New Benghazi
June 2, 2014
Instead, she said it was simply because she thought Obama would be the weakest Democrat to run against McCain.Republican Congressional Candidate's Awkward Obama Vote
April 17, 2014
Then there was the weakest Best Actress winner ever, Reese Witherspoon for Walk the Line.The Worst Oscar Winners, From ‘Rocky’ and ‘Crash’ to Gwyneth Paltrow
Kevin Fallon, Marlow Stern
February 26, 2014
Little Dorrit seemed the least, the quietest, and weakest of Heaven's creatures.
The weakest of creatures—my feelings are touched in a moment.'
The strength of a chain is precisely that of its weakest link.
Many of the noblest specimens of the human race have been among the weakest physically.The Republic
Of the two parties the Irish were the stoutest, and the weakest went to the wall.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
- lacking in physical or mental strength or force; frail or feeble
- liable to yield, break, or give waya weak link in a chain
- lacking in resolution or firmness of character
- lacking strength, power, or intensitya weak voice
- lacking strength in a particular parta team weak in defence
- not functioning as well as normalweak eyes
- easily upseta weak stomach
- lacking in conviction, persuasiveness, etca weak argument
- lacking in political or strategic strengtha weak state
- lacking the usual, full, or desirable strength of flavourweak tea
- denoting or belonging to a class of verbs, in certain languages including the Germanic languages, whose conjugation relies on inflectional endings rather than internal vowel gradation, as look, looks, looking, looked
- belonging to any part-of-speech class, in any of various languages, whose inflections follow the more regular of two possible patternsCompare strong (def. 13)
- (of a syllable) not accented or stressed
- (of a fuel-air mixture) containing a relatively low proportion of fuelCompare rich (def. 13)
- photog having low density or contrast; thin
- (of an industry, market, currency, securities, etc) falling in price or characterized by falling prices
Word Origin and History for weakest
c.1300, from Old Norse veikr "weak," cognate with Old English wac "weak, pliant, soft," from Proto-Germanic *waikwaz "yield," *wikanan "bend" (cf. Old Saxon wek, Swedish vek, Middle Dutch weec, Dutch week "weak, soft, tender," Old High German weih "yielding, soft," German weich "soft," from PIE root *weik- "to bend, wind" (see vicarious). Sense of "lacking authority" is first recorded early 15c.; that of "lacking moral strength" late 14c. Weak-kneed "wanting in resolve" is from 1870.