American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One of weak constitution or character.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A feeble creature.
- Feeble; weak.
- adj. weak, either physically, morally or mentally
- n. A person of weak or even sickly physical constitution
- n. figuratively A person of weak character, lacking in courage and/or moral strength.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A weak or feeble creature.
- adj. Weak; feeble.
- n. a person who is physically weak and ineffectual
- weak + -ling (Wiktionary)
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“What kind of weakling needs government approval to do the right thing?”
“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'.”
“It had returned him to his former 'weakling' self, for a time.”
“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.”
“I've been a "weakling", and I've been a man, doing a man's work and providing for myself and my family.”
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