noun Older Use: Sometimes Offensive.
the female sex; women (usually used facetiously): my life as a member of the weaker sex.
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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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British Dictionary definitions for weaker sex
/ (ˈwiːkə) /
the female sex
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