Definitions

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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • adv. in a weak or feeble manner or to a minor degree
  • adj. lacking bodily or muscular strength or vitality

Etymologies

weak +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I heard her call my name weakly as I slammed my car door.

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  • A term weakly normalizes when it has an nf, whereas a term strongly normalizes when all its reduction sequences lead to an nf

    Combinatory Logic

  • As a collection of four mini-games, emphasis on the "mini," this title weakly uses events from the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver as inspiration, allowing you to ride a luge-like ramp in the Skeleton, enjoy-loose use of the word there-Curling, tap and trace on the screen for Figure Skating, and ride a board in Snowboard Cross.

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  • Here Bassett, helped by Ngurn and Balatta, weakly sat up, swaying weakly from the hips, and with clear, unfaltering, all-seeing eyes gazed upon the Red One.

    THE RED ONE

  • But making an extra trip to the galley a little later, I was gladdened by the sight of Harrison staggering weakly from the rigging to the forecastle scuttle.

    Chapter 6

  • Defend actual Democrats in weakly liberal or weakly conservative seats.

    Matthew Yglesias » Where The Potential Liberals Are

  • Neutrinos are an example of a dark matter candidate we call a weakly interacting massive particle, or a WIMP.

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  • I lay in weakly case and confined to my bed for four months before I was able to rise and health returned to me.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • The observant reader will have spotted the appearance above of the expression weakly stratified.

    Quine's New Foundations

  • Ian, meanwhile, somehow sprung unexpectedly directly from Acadia on the shores of Maine to a remote Pennsylvania hilltop above the Delaware Water Gap, whence he called weakly on his cell to ask me to fill in again.

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