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.
|2||senile, sickly, unwell, invalid|
|6||unsound, ineffective, inadequate, illogical, inconclusive, unsustained, unsatisfactory, lame, vague|
|7||unintelligent, simple, foolish, stupid, senseless, silly|
|8||vacillating, wavering, unstable, irresolute, fluctuating, undecided, weak-kneed|
|9||slender, slim, inconsiderable, flimsy, poor, trifling, trivial|
|11||wanting, short, lacking|
- o·ver·weak, adjective
- o·ver·weak·ly, adverb
- o·ver·weak·ness, noun
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How to use weak in a sentence
He is too weak, too scared of the hatred he has stirred to put an end to it.Trump to visit Kenosha on Tuesday, despite protests from local leaders | kdunn6 | September 1, 2020 | Fortune
A meta-analysis of 426 studies found only weak effects of anti-bias training on both implicit and explicit biases.
Lowe’s has long been derided as a weaker version of its bigger rival Home Depot.How Lowe’s CEO is overhauling its e-commerce to capitalize on the home projects boom | Phil Wahba | August 19, 2020 | Fortune
The idea became more plausible in the 1970s, after physicists discovered that massive particles carry the weak and strong forces.
Another victim of the weak advertising market, ViacomCBS reported a 27% decline in ad revenue in its second quarter.How the world’s biggest media companies fared through the ongoing crisis in Q2 | Lara O'Reilly | August 12, 2020 | Digiday
They even released a (pretty damn weak) hip-hop song on SoundCloud recounting their antics.
Instead of being strong and resilient, bones become weak and brittle.
A lot of people think females are too weak for the job, but I know that all the men she worked with saw her as one of the guys.
Alas, his soul is willing, but his flesh is weak and he whiffs.After Torture Report, Our Moral Authority As a Nation Is Gone | Nick Gillespie | December 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The paperwork was spotless: he had died in transit, the conjunction of a weak heart and long trip.
First Impressions are usually vivid but the power to revive them is weak—a poor memory.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
First Impressions are usually weak but the power to revive them is strong—still a poor memory.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
But the nasty part of the whole thing was, that Haggard had won eleven thousand pounds from a weak-headed boy.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
He shut his fist and hit Butterface a weak but well intended right-hander on the nose.The Giant of the North | R.M. Ballantyne
But in her first rage Mrs. Charmington had been weak enough to let out that the prince had called young Mrs. Haggard "lovely."The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
British Dictionary definitions for weak
lacking in physical or mental strength or force; frail or feeble
liable to yield, break, or give way: a weak link in a chain
lacking in resolution or firmness of character
lacking strength, power, or intensity: a weak voice
lacking strength in a particular part: a team weak in defence
not functioning as well as normal: weak eyes
easily upset: a weak stomach
lacking in conviction, persuasiveness, etc: a weak argument
lacking in political or strategic strength: a weak state
lacking the usual, full, or desirable strength of flavour: weak 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 patterns: Compare strong (def. 13)
(of a syllable) not accented or stressed
(of a fuel-air mixture) containing a relatively low proportion of fuel: Compare 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
- weakish, adjective
- weakishly, adverb
- weakishness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with weak
In addition to the idioms beginning with weak
- weak as a kitten
- weak link
- weak moment, in a
- spirit is willing but the flesh is weak
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