1 feeble, frail, fragile, unsubstantial, flimsy, breakable, frangible, delicate, rickety, unsteady, unsound, decrepit, shaky, infirm:
That chair is too weak for you to stand on.
2 frail, infirm, debilitated, enervated, delicate, sickly, anaemic, wasted, decrepit, puny, effete, worn out, tired, exhausted:
When I last saw Tindell he was so weak he could hardly lift his brandy glass.
3 unassertive, retiring, namby-pamby, spineless, irresolute, impotent, ineffectual, ineffective, incompetent, feckless, inept, wishy-washy, timid, meek, craven, timorous, cowardly, pusillanimous, lily-livered, chicken-hearted, Colloq chicken, yellow:
We know which is the weaker partner in that marriage, don't we?
4 feeble, lame, half-baked, poor, miserable, unconvincing, unpersuasive, empty, shallow, flimsy, hollow, pathetic, pitiful, unbelievable, untenable:
Edward made some weak excuse for being late. I found Mona's argument against birth control very weak indeed.
5 weak-minded, dim-witted, dull-witted, slow-witted, foolish, feeble-minded, simple, simple-minded, soft-headed, stupid, dull, moronic, imbecilic, Colloq dumb:
They seek out people of weaker intelligence and make fools of them.
6 faint, dim, poor, dull, pale, faded, indistinct, vague, hazy, imperceptible, indiscernible, unclear, blurred, blurry, muzzy, wavering, faltering, ill-defined, feeble, flickering, subdued:
I could hardly see her face in the weak light of the candle.
7 feeble, subdued, low, soft, hushed, muffled, muted, almost inaudible, stifled, indistinct:
When the victim finally spoke, his voice was very weak.
1 debilitate, enfeeble, enervate, emasculate, mitigate, moderate, dilute, deplete, diminish, lessen, depress, lower, reduce, sap, undermine, exhaust, impoverish:
The continuous torture helped to weaken Errol's resolve.
2 fade, dwindle, tire, droop, sag, fail, give way, crumble, flag:
My determination weakened when I saw what had happened to the children.
3 give in, relent, acquiesce, give way, yield, accede, consent, agree, assent, soften, bend, ease up, let up, ease off, relax:
If you ask very politely, she might weaken and allow you to go out and play.
4 water (down), dilute, thin (out):
Adding the water so weakened the soup that it tasted like dishwater.
milksop, baby, mollycoddle, lightweight, namby-pamby, US and Canadian milquetoast, Colloq sissy or Brit also cissy, loser, cream puff, jellyfish, pushover, softie or softy, Slang wimp, twerp or twirp, US weak sister, schnook, schlemiel or schlemihl or shlemiel:
If you count on a weakling like Geoffrey, nothing will ever get done.
appear, be, feel, look, seem, sound | become, go | remain | leave sb, make sb
When the spasm passed, it left him weak and sweating.
decidedly, extremely, fundamentally, particularly, very | a bit, comparatively, fairly, pretty, quite, rather, relatively | curiously
He complained of feeling curiously weak and faint.
| surprisingly | dangerously | lamentably | suddenly
Her legs felt suddenly weak.
The judge decided the evidence was inherently weak and inconsistent.
| economically, mentally, militarily, physically, politically
She's rather weak at maths.
She was weak from shock.
He's weak in English.
The essay was a bit weak on detail.
He was weak with hunger.
weak at the knees
His sudden smile made her go weak at the knees.
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