weak·ling | \ˈwē-kliŋ \

Definition of weakling 

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

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weakling adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for weakling


doormat, jellyfish, namby-pamby, pushover, wimp



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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

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Australia is here because of that and regarded as a tournament weakling, though the team earned some credit in a courageous 2-1 defeat to France. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "The United States' World Cup failure is looking worse every day," 19 June 2018 Neither of these big guys is a weakling opponent imported from out of town to make the local kid look good. Don Steinberg, Philly.com, "Liacouras Center boxing: Philadelphia heavyweights square off," 26 Apr. 2018 And what if that kid was a sickly, sensitive weakling? Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "God of War (2018): How to reinvent a beloved series without ruining what works," 12 Apr. 2018 Angry voices take an extraordinarily complex social, cultural, and political phenomenon, boil it down to preferred progressive policy provisions, and then declare everyone who opposes their ideas a craven weakling in thrall to the NRA. David French, National Review, "No, It’s Not Cowardly to Be Conservative on Gun Rights," 15 Feb. 2018 The slate certainly lacks intrigue, with SEC West leaders Alabama and Auburn both taking on weaklings. Alex Martin Smith, ajc, "SEC Predictions, Week 12: Can Kentucky upset humbled Georgia?," 16 Nov. 2017 Mr Gandhi, who until recently was widely regarded as a political weakling, has begun offering a steady barrage of acerbic barbs, to growing effect. The Economist, "Tax brakeIndia’s previously unstoppable ruling party loses momentum," 2 Nov. 2017 The region is an economic weakling dependent on oil. David Zucchino, New York Times, "After the Vote, Does the Kurdish Dream of Independence Have a Chance?," 30 Sep. 2017 The Drusilla, soprano Anna Dennis, was an absolute delight, partnered with countertenor Carlo Vistoli as her weakling lover Ottone. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Gardiner's Monteverdi cycle concludes with triumphant 'Poppea'," 16 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of weakling

1548, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of weakling

: a weak person


weak·ling | \ˈwē-kliŋ \

Kids Definition of weakling

: a person or animal that lacks strength

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