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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [week-lee]
    • /ˈwik li/
    • /wiːk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [week-lee]
    • /ˈwik li/

Definitions of weakly word

  • adjective weakly weak or feeble in constitution; not robust; sickly. 1
  • adverb weakly in a weak manner. 1
  • noun weakly In a way that lacks strength or force. 1
  • adverb weakly physical: without strength 1
  • adverb weakly voice: faintly 1
  • adverb weakly unconvincingly 1

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Origin of weakly

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
First recorded in 1350-1400, weakly is from the Middle English word weekely. See weak, -ly

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Parts of speech for Weakly


weakly popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 80% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for weakly

adverb weakly

  • feebly — physically weak, as from age or sickness; frail.
  • faintly — lacking brightness, vividness, clearness, loudness, strength, etc.: a faint light; a faint color; a faint sound.
  • dimly — not bright; obscure from lack of light or emitted light: a dim room; a dim flashlight.
  • softly — yielding readily to touch or pressure; easily penetrated, divided, or changed in shape; not hard or stiff: a soft pillow.
  • inadequately — not adequate or sufficient; inept or unsuitable.

adjective weakly

  • infirm — feeble or weak in body or health, especially because of age; ailing.
  • ailing — An ailing organization or society is in difficulty and is becoming weaker.
  • anaemic — Someone who is anaemic suffers from anaemia.
  • anemic — Pathology. suffering from anemia.
  • anile — of or like a feeble old woman

Antonyms for weakly

adverb weakly

  • strongly — with great strength or force: wind blowing strongly from the west.

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