An example of weak used as an adjective is a weak argument which means an argument that has no evidence to back it up.
- lacking in strength of body or muscle; not physically strong
- lacking vitality; feeble; infirm
- lacking in skill or strength in combat or competition: a weak team
- lacking in moral strength or willpower; yielding easily to temptation, the influence of others, etc.
- lacking in mental power, or in the ability to think, judge, decide, etc.
- lacking ruling power, or authority: a weak government
- having few resources; relatively low in wealth, numbers, supplies, etc.: the weaker nations
- lacking in force or effectiveness: weak discipline
- lacking in strength of material or construction; unable to resist strain, pressure, etc.; easily torn, broken, bent, etc.: a weak railing
- not sound or secure; unable to stand up to an attack: a weak fortification
- not functioning normally or well: said of a body organ or part: weak eyes
- easily upset; queasy: a weak stomach
- indicating or suggesting moral or physical lack of strength: weak features
- lacking in volume, intensity, etc.; faint: a weak voice, a weak current
- lacking the usual or proper strength; specif.,
- having only a small amount of its essential ingredient; diluted: weak tea
- not as potent as usual or as others of the kind: a weak drug
- lacking, poor, or deficient in something specified: weak in grammar, a baseball team weak in pitching
- slight; indistinct; not prominent: a weak chin
- ineffective; unconvincing: a weak argument
- faulty: weak logic
- tending toward lower prices: said of a market, stock, etc.
- Chem. having a low ion concentration: said as of certain acids and bases
- Gram. expressing variation in tense by the addition of an inflectional suffix rather than by internal change of a syllabic vowel; regular (Ex.: talk, talked, talked)
- Phonet. unstressed or lightly stressed: said of a syllable
- Photog. thin (sense )
- Prosody designating or of a verse ending in which the stress falls on a word or syllable that is normally unstressed
Origin of weakMiddle English waik ; from Old Norse veikr, akin to Old English wac, feeble (which the Old Norse word replaced) ; from Indo-European an unverified form weig-, an unverified form weik- (; from base an unverified form wei-, to bend) from source week, wicker, Classical Latin vicis, change
- Lacking physical strength, energy, or vigor; feeble.
- Likely to fail under pressure, stress, or strain; lacking resistance: a weak link in a chain.
- Lacking firmness of character or strength of will: a weak person unable to cope with adversity.
- a. Lacking intensity or strength; faint: weak light; a weak voice.b. Lacking the proper strength or amount of ingredients: weak coffee.c. Having low prices or few transactions: a weak market for oil stocks.
- a. Lacking the ability to function normally or fully: a weak heart.b. Unable to digest food easily; readily nauseated: a weak stomach.
- a. Lacking or resulting from a lack of intelligence: a weak mind; weak reasoning.b. Lacking aptitude or skill: a weak student; weak in math.
- Lacking persuasiveness; unconvincing: a weak argument.
- Lacking authority or the power to govern: a weak ruler.
- Linguistics a. Of, relating to, or being those verbs in Germanic languages that form a past tense and past participle by means of a dental suffix, as start, started; have, had; bring, brought.b. Of, relating to, or being the inflection of nouns or adjectives in Germanic languages with a declensional suffix that historically contained an n.
- Unstressed or unaccented in pronunciation or poetic meter. Used of a word or syllable.
- Designating a verse ending in which the metrical stress falls on a word or syllable that is unstressed in normal speech, such as a preposition.
Origin of weakMiddle English weike, from Old Norse veikr, pliant; see weik-2 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative weaker, superlative weakest)
- Lacking in force (usually strength) or ability.
- The child was too weak to move the boulder.
- They easily guessed his weak computer password.
- Unable to sustain a great weight, pressure, or strain.
- a weak timber; a weak rope
- Unable to withstand temptation, urgency, persuasion, etc.; easily impressed, moved, or overcome; accessible; vulnerable.
- weak resolutions; weak virtue
- Dilute, lacking in taste or potency.
- We were served stale bread and weak tea.
- (grammar) Displaying a particular kind of inflection, including:
- (physics) One of the four fundamental forces associated with nuclear decay.
- (slang) Bad or uncool.
- This place is weak.
- (mathematics, logic) Having a narrow range of logical consequences; narrowly applicable. (Often contrasted with a strong statement which implies it.)
- Resulting from, or indicating, lack of judgment, discernment, or firmness; unwise; hence, foolish.
- Not having power to convince; not supported by force of reason or truth; unsustained.
- The prosecution advanced a weak case.
- Lacking in vigour or expression.
- a weak sentence; a weak style
- Not prevalent or effective, or not felt to be prevalent; not potent; feeble.
- (stock exchange) Tending towards lower prices.
- a weak market
From Middle English weike, from Old Norse veikr (“weak"), cognate with Old English wÄ«can (“to yield"). Proto-Indo-European base *weik- (“to bend, wind"). Replaced the native Old English wÄc. Compare German weich, Dutch week.