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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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 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 Arkansas and five other states require weakling governors who can be overridden by simple majorities. John Brummett, Arkansas Online, 7 Mar. 2021 In nature, a lame duck is a weakling, a bird that can’t keep up with the flock and is easy pickings for predators. Oliver Staley, Quartz, 7 Nov. 2020 Experts say the storm may be slow-moving but is hardly a weakling. Daniel Cusick, Scientific American, 16 Sep. 2020 At other times, Trump has contradicted his own administration’s policy, expressing a willingness to talk with Maduro and dismissing Guaidó as a weakling. Washington Post, 20 Aug. 2020 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, 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, 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, 26 Feb. 2020

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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 18 Jun. 2021.

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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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