What does weak mean?

Definitions for weak

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word weak.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. weakadjective

    wanting in physical strength

    "a weak pillar"

  2. watery, washy, weakadjective

    overly diluted; thin and insipid

    "washy coffee"; "watery milk"; "weak tea"

  3. unaccented, light, weakadjective

    (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"

  4. fallible, frail, imperfect, weakadjective

    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"

  5. weakadjective

    tending downward in price

    "a weak market for oil stocks"

  6. weakadjective

    deficient or lacking in some skill

    "he's weak in spelling"

  7. decrepit, debile, feeble, infirm, rickety, sapless, weak, weaklyadjective

    lacking bodily or muscular strength or vitality

    "a feeble old woman"; "her body looked sapless"

  8. weakadjective

    (used of verbs) having standard (or regular) inflection

  9. weakadjective

    not having authority, political strength, or governing power

    "a weak president"

  10. faint, weakadjective

    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"

  11. weakadjective

    likely to fail under stress or pressure

    "the weak link in the chain"

  12. weakadjective

    deficient in intelligence or mental power

    "a weak mind"


  1. weakadjective

    Lacking in force (usually strength) or ability.

  2. weakadjective

    Dilute, lacking in taste or potency.

    We were served stale bread and weak tea.

  3. weakadjective

    Regular in inflection, especially of verbs.

  4. weakadjective

    One of the four fundamental forces associated with nuclear decay.

  5. weakadjective

    Bad or uncool.

    This place is weak.

  6. Etymology: 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. WEAKadjective

    Etymology: wæc , Saxon; week, Dutch.

    He is weary and weak handed. 2 Sam. xvii. 2.

    Here only weak,
    Against the charm of beauty’s powerful glance. John Milton.

    Wer’t thou not weak with hunger, mad with love,
    My hand should force thee. Dryden.

    Fame and reputation are weak ties: many have not the least sense of them: powerful men are only awed by them as they conduce to their interest. Dryden.

    Children, being by the course of nature born weak, and unable to provide for themselves, they have, by the appointment of God, a right to be maintained by their parents. John Locke.

    Here I stand your brave,
    A poor, infirm, weak, and despis’d old man. William Shakespeare.

    A voice not soft, weak, piping and womanish; but audible, strong and manlike. Roger Ascham.

    As the case stands with this present age, full of tongue and weak of brain, we yield to the stream thereof. Richard Hooker.

    This murder’d prince, though weak he was,
    He was not ill, nor yet so weak, but that
    He shew’d much martial valour in his place. Daniel.

    She first his weak indulgence will accuse. John Milton.

    That Portugal hath yet no more than a suspension of arms, they may thank the Whigs, whose false representations they were so weak to believe. Jonathan Swift.

    I must make fair weather yet a while,
    Till Henry be more weak and I more strong. William Shakespeare.

    The weak, by thinking themselves strong, are induced to venture and proclaim war against that which ruins them; and the strong, by conceiting themselves weak, are thereby rendered unactive and useless. Robert South, Sermons.

    If the poor found the rich disposed to supply their wants, or if the weak might always find protection from the mighty, they could none of them lament their own condition. Jonathan Swift.

    A case so weak and feeble hath been much persisted in. Hook.

    To quell the tyrant love, and guard thy heart
    On this weak side, where most our nature fails,
    Would be a conquest worthy Cato’s son. Joseph Addison, Cato.


  1. Weak

    Weak is a song by American indie pop band AJR. It was first released on their EP What Everyone's Thinking on September 16, 2016, by their own label AJR Productions, and was later featured on their second studio album The Click (2017).


  1. weak

    Weak can have multiple meanings based on the context it's used, but generally it refers to the lack of strength, power or vigor either in physical, mental, or other aspects. It can mean not firm or robust, easily broken or damaged, not able to function effectively, or lacking in conviction, resolution or intensity. It could also refer to being deficient in certain elements or qualities. Additionally, in a scientific context, "weak" could refer to a type of force or interaction that is relatively minor or insignificant.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Weakverb

    wanting physical strength

  2. Weakverb

    deficient in strength of body; feeble; infirm; sickly; debilitated; enfeebled; exhausted

  3. Weakverb

    not able to sustain a great weight, pressure, or strain; as, a weak timber; a weak rope

  4. Weakverb

    not firmly united or adhesive; easily broken or separated into pieces; not compact; as, a weak ship

  5. Weakverb

    not stiff; pliant; frail; soft; as, the weak stalk of a plant

  6. Weakverb

    not able to resist external force or onset; easily subdued or overcome; as, a weak barrier; as, a weak fortress

  7. Weakverb

    lacking force of utterance or sound; not sonorous; low; small; feeble; faint

  8. Weakverb

    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

  9. Weakverb

    lacking ability for an appropriate function or office; as, weak eyes; a weak stomach; a weak magistrate; a weak regiment, or army

  10. Weakverb

    not possessing or manifesting intellectual, logical, moral, or political strength, vigor, etc

  11. Weakverb

    feeble of mind; wanting discernment; lacking vigor; spiritless; as, a weak king or magistrate

  12. Weakverb

    resulting from, or indicating, lack of judgment, discernment, or firmness; unwise; hence, foolish

  13. Weakverb

    not having full confidence or conviction; not decided or confirmed; vacillating; wavering

  14. Weakverb

    not able to withstand temptation, urgency, persuasion, etc.; easily impressed, moved, or overcome; accessible; vulnerable; as, weak resolutions; weak virtue

  15. Weakverb

    wanting in power to influence or bind; as, weak ties; a weak sense of honor of duty

  16. Weakverb

    not having power to convince; not supported by force of reason or truth; unsustained; as, a weak argument or case

  17. Weakverb

    wanting in point or vigor of expression; as, a weak sentence; a weak style

  18. Weakverb

    not prevalent or effective, or not felt to be prevalent; not potent; feeble

  19. Weakverb

    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

  20. Weakverb

    tending towards lower prices; as, a weak market

  21. Weakverb

    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)

  22. Weakverb

    pertaining to, or designating, a noun in Anglo-Saxon, etc., the stem of which ends in -n. See Strong, 19 (b)

  23. Weakadjective

    to make or become weak; to weaken

  24. Etymology: [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

  1. Weak

    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.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. WEAK

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Weak is ranked #131379 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Weak surname appeared 129 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Weak.

    94.5% or 122 total occurrences were White.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'weak' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2838

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'weak' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3746

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'weak' in Adjectives Frequency: #297

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of weak in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of weak in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of weak in a Sentence

  1. Napolean Hill:

    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.

  2. The President:

    The dilemma is that if you're weak, if you're weak, which some people would like you to be, if you're really, really pathetically weak, the country's going to be overrun with millions of people, and if The President're strong, then The President don't have any heart. That's a tough dilemma. Perhaps I would rather be strong, but that's a tough dilemma.

  3. Thomas Szasz, The Second Sin (1973) "Science and Scientism":

    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.

  4. Coby Scherrill:

    We were just touring the building and the stairwell was weak, it seemed weak but we did not realize how weak it was until several people had gone down it and then we heard the crash and saw the stairs fall.

  5. Marlene Dietrich:

    The weak are more likely to make the strong weak than the strong are likely to make the weak strong.

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