Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One of weak constitution or character.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. weak, either physically, morally or mentally
  • n. A person of weak or even sickly physical constitution
  • n. A person of weak character, lacking in courage and/or moral strength.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Weak; feeble.
  • n. A weak or feeble creature.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A feeble creature.
  • Feeble; weak.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who is physically weak and ineffectual

Etymologies

weak + -ling (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • To call a weakling strong, a fool wise, a short man tall, a black man white, a sinner holy,—is, believe me, not praise but contumely.

    The Early Middle Ages 500-1000

  • He had never been called a weakling before -- he had never thought to be called a weakling, but the strangeness of that was less strange than something in her eyes, her voice, her spirit, which seemed drawing him on.

    The Glory of the Conquered The Story of a Great Love

  • Though I am not, and never have been, save in the parole starvation time, what one would call a weakling, my first trip to town with eighty-five pounds of ore on my back nearly killed me.

    Branded

  • Sr W. -- Most gracious maisty, 'twas I that did it, but indeed it was so poor and frail a note, compared with such as I am wont to furnish, yt in sooth I was ashamed to call the weakling mine in so august a presence.

    1601

  • Augustus: You state that Obama is a 'weakling' because he did not tell "... muslims to respect other religions" on his first trip to a muslim land.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • What kind of weakling needs government approval to do the right thing?

    More Torture Thoughts

  • I've hammered on the Southeast Division quite a bit in recent years, but those teams' play this season has brought new meaning to definition of 'weakling'.

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • It had returned him to his former 'weakling' self, for a time.

    Before Destruction

  • I've been using the Rake/Ant stuff for a few weeks now, first for my "weakling" RubyGem which adds a queue-supporting WeakRef to JRuby, and now for cleaning up Duby's build process.

    Headius

  • I've been a "weakling", and I've been a man, doing a man's work and providing for myself and my family.

    Autism Hub

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