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weakling

[week-ling]
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noun
  1. a person who is physically or morally weak.
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adjective
  1. weak; not strong.
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Origin of weakling

First recorded in 1520–30; weak + -ling1

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1. milksop, chicken, namby-pamby.
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Examples from the Web for weakling

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Historical Examples

  • He was a weakling, and had no love of boyish sports; but he excelled in scholarship.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • He had known him for a fool, a weakling, a babbler, and a bibber of wine.

    Mistress Wilding

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Strange that so much should depend upon one man; tragic that the one man was a weakling.

    This One Problem

    M. C. Pease

  • And they would know they were garroting a man, and not a weakling!

    Mayflower (Flor de mayo)

    Vicente Blasco Ibez

  • Here I am weeping and wailing, she thought, as if I had no brains and as if I were a weakling.


British Dictionary definitions for weakling

weakling

noun
  1. a person or animal that is lacking in strength or weak in constitution or character
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Word Origin and History for weakling

n.

1520s, coined by Tyndale from weak as a loan-translation of Luther's Weichling "effeminate man," from German weich "soft" (see weak).

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