weak·​ling | \ ˈwē-kliŋ How to pronounce weakling (audio) \

Definition of weakling

: one that is weak in body, character, or mind

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weakling adjective

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Examples of weakling in a Sentence

he had been a weakling until high school, when he started working out to put on muscle only a weakling would be willing to lie to save himself from punishment
Recent Examples on the Web The script, alas, is a bit of a 98-pound weakling, but given the escapist demands probably sufficient to get the job done. Brian Lowry, CNN, 15 July 2022 In his first film role, Bathily (whose father grew up in the eponymous housing complex) was an unlikely choice; the part of Youri would seem to require a nerdy, 98-pound weakling, staring passively at the stars. Washington Post, 28 Mar. 2022 Criticizing Biden for not establishing a no-fly zone is a more specific charge than simply calling him a weakling—a tangible thing that the president could be doing in Ukraine but isn’t. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 15 Mar. 2022 On the other side, Ukraine is a relative weakling in cyberspace that has become the first country to fight back against an invader by publicly calling up an international army of vigilante hackers. Christopher Mims, WSJ, 5 Mar. 2022 At first, Daryl finds himself on the wrong side of that privileged weakling weasel, otherwise known as Sebastian, son of Pamela Milton, who runs this town. Nick Romano, EW.com, 28 Feb. 2022 In the aftermath of the killing, Mr. Chun instigated a coup against Park’s weakling successor and began a reign of absolute power and terror. Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2021 Yeah, that’s not going to happen, but the Warriors have at least a chance of improving their 90-pound-weakling image. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Aug. 2021 Ross Douthat, a conservative columnist at the New York Times, predicted before the election that Trump would turn out looking more a weakling than an autocrat. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of weakling

1548, in the meaning defined above

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18 Jul 2022

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“Weakling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weakling. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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weak·​ling | \ ˈwē-kliŋ How to pronounce weakling (audio) \

Kids Definition of weakling

: a person or animal that lacks strength

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