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    • [week]
    • /wik/
    • /wiːk/
    • US Pronunciation
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    • [week]
    • /wik/

Definitions of weak word

  • adjective weak not strong; liable to yield, break, or collapse under pressure or strain; fragile; frail: a weak fortress; a weak spot in armor. 1
  • adjective weak lacking in bodily strength or healthy vigor, as from age or sickness; feeble; infirm: a weak old man; weak eyes. 1
  • adjective weak not having much political strength, governing power, or authority: a weak nation; a weak ruler. 1
  • adjective weak lacking in force, potency, or efficacy; impotent, ineffectual, or inadequate: weak sunlight; a weak wind. 1
  • adjective weak lacking in rhetorical or creative force or effectiveness: a weak reply to the charges; one of the author's weakest novels. 1
  • adjective weak lacking in logical or legal force or soundness: a weak argument. 1

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Origin of weak

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
1250-1300; Middle English weik < Old Norse veikr; cognate with Old English wāc, Dutch week, German weich; akin to Old English wīcan to yield, give way, Old Norse vīkja to move, turn, draw back, German weichen to yield

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Parts of speech for Weak


weak popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

weak usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for weak

adjective weak

  • feeble — physically weak, as from age or sickness; frail.
  • frail — having delicate health; not robust; weak: My grandfather is rather frail now.
  • puny — of less than normal size and strength; weak.
  • scrawny — excessively thin; lean; scraggy: a long, scrawny neck.
  • anaemic — Someone who is anaemic suffers from anaemia.

Antonyms for weak

adjective weak

  • robust — strong and healthy; hardy; vigorous: a robust young man; a robust faith; a robust mind.
  • strong — having, showing, or able to exert great bodily or muscular power; physically vigorous or robust: a strong boy.
  • sturdy — strongly built; stalwart; robust: sturdy young athletes.
  • invulnerable — incapable of being wounded, hurt, or damaged.
  • powerful — having or exerting great power or force.

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