weaker sex

nounOlder Use: Sometimes Offensive.
  1. the female sex; women (usually used facetiously): my life as a member of the weaker sex.

usage note For weaker sex

This is a dated term, usually used for humorous effect but sometimes perceived as condescending to women. It reinforces the stereotype of a weak female.

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How to use weaker sex in a sentence

  • It is accounted a point of chivalry to stand as the defender of the weaker sex.

  • Women are accounted the weaker sex; but there is no comparison to be made between the labor of the weaker and the stronger.

    A New Atmosphere | Gail Hamilton
  • The weaker sex of course do the hardest labor, and receive more blows than kind words for their pains.

  • This was once a man's trick, but the progress of the weaker sex has shifted it.

    Hints to Pilgrims | Charles Stephen Brooks
  • It was not because a Bushi was heartless toward the weaker sex, but effeminacy was a thing which he despised most.

    A Fantasy of Far Japan | Baron Kencho Suyematsu

British Dictionary definitions for weaker sex

weaker sex

/ (ˈwiːkə) /

  1. the female sex

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