weak applies to deficiency or inferiority in strength or power of any sort.
felt weak after the surgery
feeble suggests extreme weakness inviting pity or contempt.
a feeble attempt to walk
frail implies delicacy and slightness of constitution or structure.
a frail teenager unable to enjoy sports
fragile suggests frailty and brittleness unable to resist rough usage.
a reclusive poet too fragile for the rigors of this world
infirm suggests instability, unsoundness, and insecurity due to old age or crippling illness.
infirm residents requiring constant care
decrepit implies being worn-out or broken-down from long use or old age.
the dowager's decrepit retainers
He has a weak throwing arm.
The illness left her too weak to stand up.
The child was born with weak lungs.
The batter hit a weak ground ball.
She uttered her reply in a weak voice.
The door's hinge is weak. See More
Recent Examples on the WebEditing in the lady bits of the Post is weak and asks little of readers and writers.—Brittany Long Olsen, Washington Post, 29 Jan. 2023 Office leasing is also weak: Space rentals declined again last quarter to bring the overall total of unleased space in Los Angeles County to nearly 20%, well above the 12% rate before the pandemic.—Roger Vincentstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 29 Jan. 2023 Demand for replacement tires was weak, according to the company, led by a 12% decline in Goodyear’s international markets.—Sean Mcdonnell, cleveland, 27 Jan. 2023 And finally, financial conditions remain relatively tight: Overall credit growth in December was weak, and bond yields and money-market rates have risen in recent weeks.—Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, 20 Jan. 2023 Crypto miners began putting down stakes in places where power is cheap and affordable, and if land use or noise regulations even exist, enforcement is weak.—Bill Weir, CNN, 19 Jan. 2023 Councilmember Stephen Whitburn, who represents downtown and nearby areas where the city’s homeless population is concentrated, conceded that local mass transit is weak.—San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Jan. 2023 Doctors said Hamlin is walking normally, but still is weak.—Safid Deen, USA TODAY, 9 Jan. 2023 Eisai has downplayed these findings, arguing the statistical evidence is weak.—Adam Feuerstein Reprints, STAT, 6 Jan. 2023 See More
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Middle English weike, from Old Norse veikr; akin to Old English wīcan to yield, Greek eikein to give way, Sanskrit vijate he speeds, flees