Definition of weakling in US English:

weakling

noun

  • 1A person or animal that is physically weak and frail.

    • ‘The shark's job is to weed out the weaklings, the ill and the infirm and it is designed for that job.’
    • ‘Bill was the original nine-stone weakling and not in good health when his call-up papers arrived.’
    • ‘According to John Wright, the virus is already in the soil everywhere, and has been for centuries, and it only breaks out when there are susceptible weaklings in the animal kingdom who have suffered nutritionally.’
    • ‘Born prematurely, they suffered from febrile seizures as toddlers, a condition which left them weaklings.’
    • ‘In a 1983 ad, the Gillette man was depicted as the tiny weakling on a basketball court full of giants; his shaver, he said, helped him even the odds.’
    • ‘These bags would each weigh 12 stone and to carry those up 12 or 14 stone steps all day was no job for a weakling.’
    • ‘They were barely able to drag themselves back to camp like the pathetic weaklings and cowards they are.’
    • ‘I found it hard to stand there with the likes of him and not feel like a nine-stone weakling.’
    • ‘Then, after a bit, rare side-effects are acknowledged in weaklings, infants and women.’
    • ‘If you don't drink too much you're considered a weakling in some way.’
    • ‘Your just a lowlife killer that knocks off weaklings, and turns on your own partners, isn't that right?’
    • ‘Genetic testing will allow early detection of potential weaklings and poses ethical questions about whether they alone or society in general should bear their higher health costs.’
    • ‘Paul admits that as a child he was a bit of a weakling.’
    • ‘So I continue my set, and discover that I am perhaps not such a weakling after all!’
    • ‘Let's see what kind of power you weaklings have.’
    • ‘He was a runt, a weakling brought up in the shadow of an accomplished elder brother who died of smallpox when Charles was 12.’
    1. 1.1 An ineffectual or cowardly person.
      • ‘Many have sought to portray George VI as a weakling who was moulded by his formidable wife.’
      • ‘She could recall the total disgust that she had felt towards such a cowardly weakling who would cry before his peers; it was revolting.’
      • ‘If he had he would have been able to banish the image of the Democratic weakling as effectively as Clinton banished the fiscal irresponsibility label.’
      • ‘When it comes to professional conduct, he's a fraud and a weakling.’
      • ‘He knew they were branding him a coward, a bleeding heart, or a weakling, but he didn't care what the public thought of him.’
      • ‘The reality is that this whole war on terror is the war of weaklings.’
      • ‘Intimidation of critics and the press is the hallmark of dictators and other absolutist weaklings.’
      • ‘To those who know him, he isn't a novelty act or a weakling who couldn't hack the rigours of the infantry.’
      • ‘But she was happy to use and bolster her own image for party advantage, and that image was of a battling, indomitable leader surrounded by weaklings, faint hearts and compromisers.’
      • ‘Stand up to the foe; he is a weakling and a coward!’
      • ‘First of all, if American liberals are such emotional weaklings that they go all to pieces over the loss of elections, thank goodness we don't have to rely on them to fight a war.’
      • ‘I very nearly did, because I am that much of a simpering weakling who hates to upset people.’
      • ‘But bullies always end up being reduced to their inner weakling.’
      • ‘‘Our power is wielded by weaklings and cowards, and our honour is false in all its points’.’
      • ‘Gene and Ray are men's men but Ray thinks that Sam is some namby-pamby weakling.’
      • ‘The Christian life is not for wimps, loafers or weaklings.’
      • ‘Hedda, for her part, realises she may have made a mistake by marrying a weakling like George, but is too bored to care.’
      • ‘They look less like domineering control freaks than out-of-control weaklings, capable of producing endless reports and paper laws but paralysed under the slightest pressure.’
      • ‘Dare to challenge this mantra and you are likely to vilified as a backward-looking weakling who just can't cut it in the online world.’
      • ‘When people want to see everything in black and white, those who insist on unravelling issues into areas of grey are often dismissed as weaklings.’
      milksop, namby-pamby, weak person, coward, pushover, mouse
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Pronunciation

weakling

/ˈwiklɪŋ//ˈwēkliNG/