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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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 Belittlement signals solidarity to the base, conveys the impression of Democrats as weaklings and illegitimates, and tacitly asserts the über-legitimacy of Republican ideology and interests. Joseph O’neill, The New York Review of Books, "Brand New Dems?," 29 Apr. 2020 Were Harry and Meghan millennial weaklings retreating into self-care and self-pity, unwilling to withstand the scrutiny of their public life in exchange for the material luxury of their private one? Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Fractured Fairy Tale," 13 Apr. 2020 Against a backdrop of a slowing growth elsewhere, Greece is far from the weakling of Europe that was on the brink of bankruptcy just a few years ago. Stelios Bouras, Fortune, "The Greek economy is roaring back—which could lead to the mass eviction of homeowners," 26 Feb. 2020 Headlines accused him of being everything from a shabby dresser to a terrorist sympathizer, Trotskyite, weakling, thug, cult leader, hamfisted incompetent, and Czechoslovakian spy. David Graeber, The New York Review of Books, "The Center Blows Itself Up: Care and Spite in the ‘Brexit Election’," 13 Jan. 2020 Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans: Jason Momoa revealing the 98-pound weakling underneath his skin in the comfort of his home was perhaps the best visual gag of the day. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Super Bowl commercials: Who scored and who fumbled on the ad industry's biggest stage," 2 Feb. 2020 But one thing is certain: The U.S. central bank has become a weakling. Washington Post, "While the Fed Has No ‘Guts,’ the PBOC Is on Steroids," 19 Sep. 2019 The first two were over the weakling Giants and Redskins, but manhandling the contending Raiders should make folks take notice. Barry Wilner, chicagotribune.com, "Fans of shootouts must have hated Week 12 in the NFL," 25 Nov. 2019 The next weakling Minnesota will face is Maryland, a team that has lost four of five and slid into the abyss. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Big Ten football predictions: Week 9 schedule stuffed with tantalizing matchups," 25 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of weakling

1548, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of weakling was in 1548

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“Weakling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weakling. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of weakling

disapproving : a weak person


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

Kids Definition of weakling

: a person or animal that lacks strength

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