Definitions of weak

  1. lacking physical strength or vitality; " a feeble old woman"; " her body looked sapless"
  2. characterized by excessive softness or self- indulgence; " an effeminate civilization"
  3. lacking force; feeble; " a forceless argument"
  4. lacking power
  5. used of vowels or syllables; pronounced with little or no stress; " a syllable that ends in a short vowel is a light syllable"; " a weak stress on the second syllable"
  6. overly diluted; thin and insipid; " washy coffee"; " watery milk"; " weak tea"
  7. having little physical or spiritual strength; " a weak radio signal"; " a weak link"
  8. lacking physical strength or vigor
  9. ( grammar) used of verbs having standard ( or regular) inflection
  10. used of verbs having standard ( or regular) inflection
  11. Pertaining to, or designating, a verb which forms its preterit ( imperfect) by a variation in the root vowel, and the past participle ( usually) by the addition of - en ( with or without a change of the root vowel); as in the verbs strive, strove, striven; break, broke, broken; drink, drank, drunk. Opposed to weak, or regular. See Weak.
  12. Tending toward a lower price or lower prices; as, wheat is weak; a weak market.
  13. Lacking in good cards; deficient as to number or strength; as, a hand weak in trumps.
  14. Lacking contrast; as, a weak negative.
  15. Wanting physical strength.
  16. Deficient in strength of body; feeble; infirm; sickly; debilitated; enfeebled; exhausted.
  17. Not able to sustain a great weight, pressure, or strain; as, a weak timber; a weak rope.
  18. Not firmly united or adhesive; easily broken or separated into pieces; not compact; as, a weak ship.
  19. Not stiff; pliant; frail; soft; as, the weak stalk of a plant.
  20. Not able to resist external force or onset; easily subdued or overcome; as, a weak barrier; as, a weak fortress.
  21. Lacking force of utterance or sound; not sonorous; low; small; feeble; faint.
  22. Lacking ability for an appropriate function or office; as, weak eyes; a weak stomach; a weak magistrate; a weak regiment, or army.
  23. Not possessing or manifesting intellectual, logical, moral, or political strength, vigor, etc.
  24. Feeble of mind; wanting discernment; lacking vigor; spiritless; as, a weak king or magistrate.
  25. Resulting from, or indicating, lack of judgment, discernment, or firmness; unwise; hence, foolish.
  26. Not able to withstand temptation, urgency, persuasion, etc.; easily impressed, moved, or overcome; accessible; vulnerable; as, weak resolutions; weak virtue.
  27. Wanting in power to influence or bind; as, weak ties; a weak sense of honor of duty.
  28. Not having power to convince; not supported by force of reason or truth; unsustained; as, a weak argument or case.
  29. Wanting in point or vigor of expression; as, a weak sentence; a weak style.
  30. Not prevalent or effective, or not felt to be prevalent; not potent; feeble.
  31. Lacking in elements of political strength; not wielding or having authority or energy; deficient in the resources that are essential to a ruler or nation; as, a weak monarch; a weak government or state.
  32. Tending towards lower prices; as, a weak market.
  33. Pertaining to, or designating, a noun in Anglo- Saxon, etc., the stem of which ends in - n. See Strong, 19 ( b).
  34. To make or become weak; to weaken.
  35. Wanting strength, force, or power; as, a weak body; lacking mental or moral strength; simple; foolish; easily influenced or overcome; much diluted.
  36. Soft: wanting strength: not able to sustain a great weight: wanting health: easily overcome: feeble of mind: wanting moral force: frail: unsteady: slight or incomplete: having little of the chief ingredient: impressible: inconclusive.
  37. WEAKLY.
  38. Wanting strength; feeble; dilute; inconclusive.
  39. Lacking in strength or force; feeble; yielding; deficient.
  40. Having little physical strength; feeble; infirm: not healthy: not able to bear a great weight; not strong; not able to resist attack: feeble of mind; wanting spirit: wanting in strengthening ingredients; not politically powerful: not having force of authority; not having moral force or power to convince; not well supported by argument: unfortified; accessible; not having full conviction.
  41. Pertaining to, or designating, a verb which forms its preterit ( imperfect) and past participle by adding to the present the suffix - ed, - d, or the variant form - t; as in the verbs abash, abashed; abate, abated; deny, denied; feel, felt. See Strong, 19 ( a)
  42. What yields to pressure; having little physical strength; feeble; infirm; easily broken; yielding; not strong; faint or low, as sound; having little of ingredients; not well supported by reason or argument; not having moral force.

Usage examples for weak

  1. I always thought him a weak young man, and he wouldn't have done you any good. – The Captives by Hugh Walpole
  2. If our Chief had any weak point it was this Marquis. – The Virginians by William Makepeace Thackeray
  3. Then, because the girl was too weak to walk, he took her on his back and went away from that place. – Eastern Shame Girl The Wedding of Ya-Nei; A Strange Destiny; The Error of the Embroidered Slipper; The Counterfeit Old Woman; The Monastery of the Esteemed-Lotus; A Complicated Marriage by Charles Georges Souli
  4. The truly strong mind will keep its power to resist, but the slightly weak mind will find the suggestion of the surrounding life more powerful than the fear of possible loss. – Psychology and Social Sanity by Hugo Münsterberg
  5. She is very weak, poor thing! – Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing
  6. He had said his heart was weak. – Stories and Pictures by Isaac Loeb Peretz
  7. Never mind, I'm not half so weak as I thought. – His Second Wife by Ernest Poole
  8. Besides, I am not so weak as, perhaps, you think." – Revenge! by by Robert Barr
  9. After this he lay upon his pillow, weak as a child, and smiling like one. – Norston's Rest by Ann S. Stephens
  10. He'll not be so weak as that. – Home Scenes, and Home Influence A Series of Tales and Sketches by T. S. Arthur
  11. Then I must always come three quarters of an hour late, for your tea is always either bitter or weak. – Dr. Adriaan by Louis Couperus
  12. At first his voice was weak. – The Crack of Doom by Robert Cromie
  13. Or offer an excuse, how weak soe'er? – The Comedies of Terence by Publius Terentius Afer
  14. What's your weak point? – Hills of the Shatemuc by Susan Warner
  15. The doctor was sent for and he considered I was in a very weak state. – From Crow-Scaring to Westminster; an Autobiography by George Edwards M.P., O.B.E.
  16. I like it because- He appeared to be too weak to finish. – The Woman in the Alcove by Anna Katharine Green
  17. I am a woman, therefore weak. – Hilda Wade A Woman With Tenacity Of Purpose by Grant Allen
  18. Bob was a weak fool and something worse. – The Girl From Keller's Sadie's Conquest by Harold Bindloss
  19. He's weak, that's the trouble with him. – The Dwelling Place of Light, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 5, 2009