adjective, weak·er, weak·est.
Origin of weak
Synonyms for weak
Antonyms for weak
Related Words for weakshaky, uncertain, hesitant, weakened, powerless, fragile, anemic, sickly, wobbly, frail, sluggish, feeble, unsteady, indecisive, nervous, insecure, ineffectual, unstable, soft, poor
Examples from the Web for weak
Contemporary Examples of weak
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.The Mystery Death Of A Female Firefighter
December 13, 2014
Alas, his soul is willing, but his flesh is weak and he whiffs.After Torture Report, Our Moral Authority As a Nation Is Gone
December 11, 2014
The paperwork was spotless: he had died in transit, the conjunction of a weak heart and long trip.A Million Ways to Die in Prison
December 8, 2014
The general rap on him is: reasonably well-intentioned but weak.After the Israel Synagogue Massacre: A New Intifada?
November 19, 2014
But beyond that point, secrecy creates its own problems: high costs and weak oversight.Is the Pentagon’s $55 Billion Stealth Bomber Too Big a Secret?
September 22, 2014
Historical Examples of weak
My hope is weak that I shall ever again see you, yet it is possible.Brave and Bold
When the Kings were weak the nobles often managed to get hold of the State.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
Would he be strong or weak; and what would be weakness, and what strength, in a position so strange?Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
For history does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.
She had no affection for this selfish invalid, this weak, peevish bully.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
- not functioning as well as normalweak eyes
- easily upseta weak stomach
- 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)
Word Origin for weak
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.
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