wanting in physical strength
"a weak pillar"
watery, washy, weak(adj)
overly diluted; thin and insipid
"washy coffee"; "watery milk"; "weak tea"
unaccented, light, weak(adj)
(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"
fallible, frail, imperfect, weak(adj)
wanting in moral strength, courage, or will; having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beings
"I'm only a fallible human"; "frail humanity"
tending downward in price
"a weak market for oil stocks"
deficient or lacking in some skill
"he's weak in spelling"
decrepit, debile, feeble, infirm, rickety, sapless, weak, weakly(adj)
lacking bodily or muscular strength or vitality
"a feeble old woman"; "her body looked sapless"
(used of verbs) having standard (or regular) inflection
not having authority, political strength, or governing power
"a weak president"
deficient in magnitude; barely perceptible; lacking clarity or brightness or loudness etc
"a faint outline"; "the wan sun cast faint shadows"; "the faint light of a distant candle"; "weak colors"; "a faint hissing sound"; "a faint aroma"; "a weak pulse"
likely to fail under stress or pressure
"the weak link in the chain"
deficient in intelligence or mental power
"a weak mind"
Lacking in force (usually strength) or ability.
Dilute, lacking in taste or potency.
We were served stale bread and weak tea.
Regular in inflection, especially of verbs.
One of the four fundamental forces associated with nuclear decay.
Bad or uncool.
This place is weak.
Origin: weike, from veikr "weak," cognate with Old English wīcan "to yield." Proto-Indo-European base *weik- "to bend, wind". Replaced the native Old English wac.
wanting physical strength
deficient in strength of body; feeble; infirm; sickly; debilitated; enfeebled; exhausted
not able to sustain a great weight, pressure, or strain; as, a weak timber; a weak rope
not firmly united or adhesive; easily broken or separated into pieces; not compact; as, a weak ship
not stiff; pliant; frail; soft; as, the weak stalk of a plant
not able to resist external force or onset; easily subdued or overcome; as, a weak barrier; as, a weak fortress
lacking force of utterance or sound; not sonorous; low; small; feeble; faint
not thoroughly or abundantly impregnated with the usual or required ingredients, or with stimulating and nourishing substances; of less than the usual strength; as, weak tea, broth, or liquor; a weak decoction or solution; a weak dose of medicine
lacking ability for an appropriate function or office; as, weak eyes; a weak stomach; a weak magistrate; a weak regiment, or army
not possessing or manifesting intellectual, logical, moral, or political strength, vigor, etc
feeble of mind; wanting discernment; lacking vigor; spiritless; as, a weak king or magistrate
resulting from, or indicating, lack of judgment, discernment, or firmness; unwise; hence, foolish
not having full confidence or conviction; not decided or confirmed; vacillating; wavering
not able to withstand temptation, urgency, persuasion, etc.; easily impressed, moved, or overcome; accessible; vulnerable; as, weak resolutions; weak virtue
wanting in power to influence or bind; as, weak ties; a weak sense of honor of duty
not having power to convince; not supported by force of reason or truth; unsustained; as, a weak argument or case
wanting in point or vigor of expression; as, a weak sentence; a weak style
not prevalent or effective, or not felt to be prevalent; not potent; feeble
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
tending towards lower prices; as, a weak market
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)
pertaining to, or designating, a noun in Anglo-Saxon, etc., the stem of which ends in -n. See Strong, 19 (b)
to make or become weak; to weaken
Origin: [OE. weik, Icel. veikr; akin to Sw. vek, Dan. veg soft, flexible, pliant, AS. wc weak, soft, pliant, D. week, G. weich, OHG. weih; all from the verb seen in Icel. vkja to turn, veer, recede, AS. wcan to yield, give way, G. weichen, OHG. whhan, akin to Skr. vij, and probably to E. week, L. vicis a change, turn, Gr. e'i`kein to yield, give way. 132. Cf. Week, Wink, v. i. Vicissitude.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
wēk, adj. soft: wanting strength and vigour: not able to sustain a great weight: wanting health: easily overcome: feeble of mind: wanting moral or mental force: frail: unsteady: slight or incomplete: having little of the chief ingredient: impressible: inconclusive: (Shak.) inconsiderable: (gram.) of a verb inflected by regular syllabic addition instead of by change of the main vowel: tending downward in price.—adj. Weak′-built (Shak.), ill-founded.—v.t. Weak′en, to make weak: to reduce in strength or spirit.—v.i. to grow weak or weaker.—n. Weak′ener, one who or that which weakens.—adjs. Weak′-eyed, having weak eyes or sight; Weak′-hand′ed, powerless; Weak′-head′ed, having a feeble intellect; Weak′-heart′ed (Shak.), of weak or feeble heart or spirit; Weak′-hinged, ill-balanced; Weak′-kneed, having weak knees: weak in will.—n. Weak′ling, a weak or feeble creature.—adv. Weak′ly.—adj. Weak′-mind′ed, of feeble powers of mind.—ns. Weak′-mind′edness; Weak′ness.—adjs. Weak′-sight′ed, having feeble eyesight; Weak′-spir′ited, bearing wrong tamely, cowardly.—Weaker sex, women; Weaker vessel (see Vessel).—Weak side, point, that side or point in which a person is most easily influenced or most liable to temptation. [A.S. wác, pliant—wican, to yield; Dut. week, Ice. veikr, Ger. weich.]
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'weak' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2838
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'weak' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3746
Rank popularity for the word 'weak' in Adjectives Frequency: #297
The numerical value of weak in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of weak in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The weak are more likely to make the strong weak than the strong are likely to make the weak strong.
A country is considered the more civilized the more the wisdom and efficiency of its laws hinder a weak man from becoming too weak or a powerful one too powerful.
Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic.
Insufferable economic gaps put Israel at risk. A country that is weak from within will also be weak from without. Therefore our role is to strengthen Israel from within.
The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, Just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat.
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Translations for weak
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- feble, dèbilCatalan, Valencian
- ⱄⰾⰰⰱⱏ, слабъOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
- schwach, häßlich, out, uninteressant, unschönGerman
- αδύναμος, αδύνατοςGreek
- flojo, débil, feble, flacoSpanish
- ضعیف, نزارPersian
- huono, mieto, säännöllinen, heikko, laimeaFinnish
- lagScottish Gaelic
- frouxo, débil, feble, fracoGalician
- कमज़ोर, निर्बल, दुर्बल, अशक्तHindi
- híg, gyenge, gyöngeHungarian
- թույլ, տկարArmenian
- debila, feblaIdo
- 弱変化, 薄い, ださい, 弱いJapanese
- უძლური, უღონო, სუსტიGeorgian
- legitimus, infirmusLatin
- silpnas, silpnaLithuanian
- vārgs, vājšLatvian
- slap, flauw, zwakDutch
- fraco, débil, frouxoPortuguese
- debel, flevel, flaivel, fleivelRomansh
- lânced, debil, slabRomanian
- слабый, правильныйRussian
- अशक्त, दुर्बल, निर्बलSanskrit
- díbbile, débbile, débbiliSardinian
- слаб, slabSerbo-Croatian
- šíbek, slàbSlovene
- слабкий, слабийUkrainian
- کمزور, دربل, اشکتUrdu
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