W w


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [week-ling]
    • /ˈwik lɪŋ/
    • /ˈwiː.klɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [week-ling]
    • /ˈwik lɪŋ/

Definitions of weakling word

  • noun weakling a person who is physically or morally weak. 1
  • adjective weakling weak; not strong. 1
  • noun weakling A person or animal that is physically weak and frail. 1
  • noun weakling physically feeble person 1
  • countable noun weakling If you describe a person or an animal as a weakling, you mean that they are physically weak. 0
  • countable noun weakling If you describe someone as a weakling, you mean that they have a weak character and are not at all brave. 0

Information block about the term

Origin of weakling

First appearance:

before 1520
One of the 28% oldest English words
First recorded in 1520-30; weak + -ling1

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Weakling


weakling popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 63% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 50% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

weakling usage trend in Literature

This diagram is provided by Google Ngram Viewer

Synonyms for weakling

noun weakling

  • wimp — any of a group of weakly interacting elementary particles predicted by various unified field theories, as the W particle and Z-zero particle, that are characterized by relatively large masses.
  • baby — A baby is a very young child, especially one that cannot yet walk or talk.
  • chicken — Chickens are birds which are kept on a farm for their eggs and for their meat.
  • coward — If you call someone a coward, you disapprove of them because they are easily frightened and avoid dangerous or difficult situations.
  • crybaby — If someone calls a child a crybaby, they mean that the child cries a lot for no good reason.

verb weakling

  • sop — a piece of solid food, as bread, for dipping in liquid food.

Antonyms for weakling

noun weakling

  • strongman — a person who performs remarkable feats of strength, as in a circus.

Top questions with weakling

  • what is a weakling?
  • what is weakling?
  • what is the meaning of weakling?
  • what does weakling mean?

See also

Matching words

Was this page helpful?
Yes No
Thank you for your feedback! Tell your friends about this page
Tell us why?