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WEAK

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does weak mean? 

WEAK (adjective)
  The adjective WEAK has 12 senses:

1. having little physical or spiritual strength
2. overly diluted; thin and insipid
3. used of vowels or syllables; pronounced with little or no stress
4. having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beings
5. tending downward in price
6. deficient or lacking in some skill
7. lacking physical strength or vitality
8. (used of verbs) having standard (or regular) inflection
9. not having authority, political strength, or governing power
10. deficient in magnitude; barely perceptible; lacking clarity or brightness or loudness etc
11. likely to fail under stress or pressure
12. deficient in intelligence or mental power

  Familiarity information: WEAK used as an adjective is familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


WEAK (adjective)


Sense 1weak [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having little physical or spiritual strength

Context example:

a weak link

Similar:

weakened (made weak or weaker)

vulnerable (capable of being wounded or hurt)

puny (inferior in strength or significance)

pale; pallid; sick; wan ((of light) lacking in intensity or brightness; dim or feeble)

gutless; namby-pamby; spineless; wishy-washy (weak in willpower, courage or vitality)

jerry-built; shoddy (of inferior workmanship and materials)

flimsy; fragile (lacking solidity or strength and liable to break)

flimsy; slight; tenuous; thin (having little substance or significance)

flaccid; lax; limp; slack (lacking in strength or firmness or resilience)

feeble; lame (pathetically lacking in force or effectiveness)

faint; feeble; adynamic; asthenic; debilitated; enervated (lacking strength or vigor)

anaemic; anemic (lacking vigor or energy)

Also:

tender; untoughened (physically untoughened)

delicate (exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury)

powerless (lacking power)

Attribute:

strength (the property of being physically or mentally strong)

Antonym:

strong (having strength or power greater than average or expected)


Sense 2weak [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Overly diluted; thin and insipid

Synonyms:

washy; weak; watery

Context examples:

washy coffee / watery milk / weak tea

Similar:

dilute; diluted (reduced in strength or concentration or quality or purity)


Sense 3weak [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Used of vowels or syllables; pronounced with little or no stress

Synonyms:

unaccented; weak; light

Context examples:

a syllable that ends in a short vowel is a light syllable / a weak stress on the second syllable

Similar:

unstressed (not bearing a stress or accent)


Sense 4weak [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beings

Synonyms:

fallible; frail; imperfect; weak

Context examples:

I'm only a fallible human / frail humanity

Similar:

human (having human form or attributes as opposed to those of animals or divine beings)


Sense 5weak [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Tending downward in price

Context example:

a weak market for oil stocks

Similar:

down (being or moving lower in position or less in some value)


Sense 6weak [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Deficient or lacking in some skill

Context example:

he's weak in spelling

Similar:

unskilled (not having or showing or requiring special skill or proficiency)


Sense 7weak [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking physical strength or vitality

Synonyms:

weakly; sapless; infirm; debile; decrepit; feeble; rickety; weak

Context examples:

a feeble old woman / her body looked sapless

Similar:

frail (physically weak)


Sense 8weak [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(used of verbs) having standard (or regular) inflection

Similar:

regular (in accordance with fixed order or procedure or principle)

Domain category:

grammar (the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics or morphology))


Sense 9weak [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not having authority, political strength, or governing power

Context example:

a weak president

Similar:

powerless (lacking power)


Sense 10weak [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Deficient in magnitude; barely perceptible; lacking clarity or brightness or loudness etc

Synonyms:

faint; weak

Context examples:

a faint outline / the wan sun cast faint shadows / the faint light of a distant candle / weak colors / a faint hissing sound / a faint aroma / a weak pulse

Similar:

perceptible (capable of being perceived by the mind or senses)


Sense 11weak [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Likely to fail under stress or pressure

Context example:

the weak link in the chain

Similar:

fallible (likely to fail or make errors)


Sense 12weak [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Deficient in intelligence or mental power

Context example:

a weak mind

Similar:

stupid (lacking or marked by lack of intellectual acuity)


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