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[week-lee] /ˈwik li/
adjective, weaklier, weakliest.
weak or feeble in constitution; not robust; sickly.
in a weak manner.
Origin of weakly
1350-1400; Middle English weekely. See weak, -ly
Related forms
weakliness, noun
1. See weak. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for weakly
  • The dark matter is hallow and weakly react with any other matter.
  • Clumping of dark matter could be resisted due to it weakly interacting with itself.
  • Private credit demand is likely to rebound only weakly as households restore their balance sheets.
  • Output is sluggish and credit is growing weakly or shrinking across much of the rich world.
  • Wagering on horse racing is close behind, although growing weakly.
  • We have a patchwork of preschools, many with weakly trained, poorly paid staff.
  • She stood expressionless on the podium when accepting her silver medal, weakly waving her bouquet a few times.
  • So it's probably best to keep your mouth shut and smile weakly and say oh, yes, that silent movie must be a wonderful picture.
  • Tritium is relatively short-lived and penetrates the body weakly through the air compared to other radioactive contaminants.
  • One of them bound, but much more weakly, to a couple of others.
British Dictionary definitions for weakly


adjective -lier, -liest
sickly; feeble
in a weak or feeble manner
Derived Forms
weakliness, noun
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