A weak link in a chain.
A weak person unable to cope with adversity.
A weak argument.
A weak ruler.
A weak team.
A weak voice, a weak current.
- 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.
A weak timber; a weak rope.
Weak resolutions; weak virtue.
- (Germanic languages, of nouns) Showing less distinct grammatical endings.
- (Germanic languages, of adjectives) Definite in meaning, often used with a definite article or similar word.
The prosecution advanced a weak case.
A weak sentence; a weak style.
A weak market.
An example of weak used as an adjective is a weak argument which means an argument that has no evidence to back it up.
Other Word Forms
Origin of weak
- Middle English weike from Old Norse veikr pliant weik-2 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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 wāc. Compare German weich, Dutch week.