weakling

[week-ling]

noun

a person who is physically or morally weak.

adjective

weak; not strong.

Nearby words

  1. weakhanded,
  2. weakhearted,
  3. weakheartedly,
  4. weakish,
  5. weakishly,
  6. weakly,
  7. weakness,
  8. weal,
  9. weald,
  10. weald, the

Origin of weakling

First recorded in 1520–30; weak + -ling1

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British Dictionary definitions for weakling

weakling

noun

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

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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