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  1. without courage or fortitude; fainthearted.
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Origin of weakhearted

First recorded in 1540–50; weak + hearted
Related formsweak·heart·ed·ly, adverbweak·heart·ed·ness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of weak-hearted

  • "Some may—some weak-hearted persons," said my father, reluctantly.

    Jacques Bonneval

    Anne Manning

  • Why do they now bend to adopt a path that in former days was only trodden by the weak-hearted and the timid?

  • She wur nowt but a desolate, homely lass, as seemt to ha' no place i' th' world, an' yet wur tender and weak-hearted to th' core.


    Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • He says it wasn't strong in the strength that saves; and love is always mighty to succor the weak-hearted.

    The Helpers

    Francis Lynde

  • The weak-hearted apprehended coming troubles; the resolute prepared to brave them.