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[week-ling] /ˈwik lɪŋ/
a person who is physically or morally weak.
weak; not strong.
Origin of weakling
1520-30; weak + -ling1
1. milksop, chicken, namby-pamby. Unabridged
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  • So, hearing the ways of Po-yi, the fool grows honest, and the weakling's purpose stands.'

  • Strange that so much should depend upon one man; tragic that the one man was a weakling.

    This One Problem M. C. Pease
  • To think that he should have taken up with such a weakling as Susan Posey!

    The Guardian Angel Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • And they would know they were garroting a man, and not a weakling!

    Mayflower (Flor de mayo) Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • The high silk hat is among bells what the weakling is among men of conviction.

  • Here I am weeping and wailing, she thought, as if I had no brains and as if I were a weakling.

  • "Aw, let go," said Sebastian savagely, for he was no weakling.

    Jennie Gerhardt Theodore Dreiser
  • It must be said for George Fleming that at least he was a hardy villain and no weakling.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for weakling


a person or animal that is lacking in strength or weak in constitution or character
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Word Origin and History for weakling

1520s, coined by Tyndale from weak as a loan-translation of Luther's Weichling "effeminate man," from German weich "soft" (see weak).

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