from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Delicate in constitution; frail or sickly.
  • adverb With little physical strength or force.
  • adverb With little strength of character.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a weak manner, in any sense of the word weak.
  • Weak; feeble; not robust: as, a weakly woman; a man of weakly constitution.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In a weak manner; with little strength or vigor; feebly.
  • adjective Not strong of constitution; infirm; feeble

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Frail, sickly or of a delicate constitution; weak.
  • adverb With little strength or force

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

  • adverb in a weak or feeble manner or to a minor degree
  • adjective lacking bodily or muscular strength or vitality


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weak +‎ -ly


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