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weakly

[week-lee] /ˈwik li/
adjective, weaklier, weakliest.
1.
weak or feeble in constitution; not robust; sickly.
adverb
2.
in a weak manner.
Origin of weakly
1350-1400
First recorded in 1350-1400, weakly is from the Middle English word weekely. See weak, -ly
Related forms
weakliness, noun
Synonyms
1. See weak.
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Examples from the Web for weakly
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  • Uncle Peter weakly waved the hand of finished discouragement.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • He was not moping—only weakly and even when looking a little sad, was quite happy.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • "I—I thought you did it just for a joke," said the Little Doctor, weakly.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • Jacob followed her into the sick-room, and Adam weakly shuffled in behind.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • "We'll be there in fifteen minutes," murmured Leonard weakly.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
British Dictionary definitions for weakly

weakly

/ˈwiːklɪ/
adjective -lier, -liest
1.
sickly; feeble
adverb
2.
in a weak or feeble manner
Derived Forms
weakliness, noun
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