adjective, weak·er, weak·est.
Origin of weak
Synonyms for weak
Antonyms for weak
Related Words for weakestshaky, uncertain, hesitant, weakened, powerless, fragile, anemic, sickly, wobbly, frail, sluggish, feeble, unsteady, indecisive, nervous, insecure, ineffectual, unstable, soft, poor
Examples from the Web for weakest
Contemporary Examples of weakest
As sinister and well-resourced as it is, it may be the weakest link in the chain.Egypt’s LGBTs Fight Grindr Crackdown
October 18, 2014
“This is the weakest creature that walks the face of the earth: people,” Bar-Zohar says.When the Son of Hamas Spied for Israel
August 5, 2014
You know exactly what: Barack Obama is the weakest president ever, this is unconscionable.Bowe Bergdahl Is the Right’s New Benghazi
June 2, 2014
Instead, she said it was simply because she thought Obama would be the weakest Democrat to run against McCain.Republican Congressional Candidate's Awkward Obama Vote
April 17, 2014
Then there was the weakest Best Actress winner ever, Reese Witherspoon for Walk the Line.The Worst Oscar Winners, From ‘Rocky’ and ‘Crash’ to Gwyneth Paltrow
Kevin Fallon, Marlow Stern
February 26, 2014
Historical Examples of weakest
Little Dorrit seemed the least, the quietest, and weakest of Heaven's creatures.
The weakest of creatures—my feelings are touched in a moment.'
The strength of a chain is precisely that of its weakest link.
Many of the noblest specimens of the human race have been among the weakest physically.The Republic
Of the two parties the Irish were the stoutest, and the weakest went to the wall.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
- 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