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weakling

[week-ling] /ˈwik lɪŋ/
noun
1.
a person who is physically or morally weak.
adjective
2.
weak; not strong.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; weak + -ling1
Synonyms
1. milksop, chicken, namby-pamby.
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Examples from the web for weakling
  • They took it for granted that he was a weakling, that he had soft ideas of life and was stuck-up or affected.
  • Even a sickly weakling can do it, if it can successfully mate enough.
  • In fighting the weakling mumps virus, your immune system learns how to beat this attacker and protect you against the real thing.
  • Her husband is frail, a weakling, and the tragedy finally comes to a climax when she strangles him with her own hands.
British Dictionary definitions for weakling

weakling

/ˈwiːklɪŋ/
noun
1.
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
n.

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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