Definition of weakly in English:

weakly

adverb

  • In a way that lacks strength or force.

    ‘she leaned weakly against the wall’
    • ‘She stood up weakly, testing out her strength to find that she hardly had any left.’
    • ‘She weakly grasped the lapels on his jacket and sobbed quietly into his chest.’
    • ‘A flickering light bounced weakly on the tiled brick of the sewer walls.’
    • ‘And then he held out his hand and the old man took it and shook it weakly.’
    • ‘Holly pointed weakly at the wall, her legs trembling with fear.’
    • ‘I look at Bren and she smiles weakly before taking a seat next to the wall.’
    • ‘Democrats have weakly supported a change in how we deal with the energy issue, but some Republicans are now beginning to pick up on the issue.’
    • ‘This effect, however, is thought to be only weakly dependent on cholesterol concentration.’
    • ‘He cries weakly, the effort clearly straining his feeble body.’
    • ‘However, close analysis suggests sizeable minorities of students are performing weakly in both reading and maths.’
    • ‘She weakly summoned the strength to murmur a goodbye, and then hung up.’
    • ‘Lying among bandages and tubes, she moaned weakly, rubbing her forehead with her one free hand and trying to pull the tubes away from her nose.’
    • ‘He turned for the door and she leaned against the table weakly.’
    • ‘Jason walked around the corner; his best friend was feebly holding onto the stall door, smiling weakly at him.’
    • ‘Candice gathered all of her strength and ducked under his arms and weakly tried to open the door.’
    • ‘He laughed weakly, leaning against the metal bar, trying to sound normal.’
    • ‘His other arm held her remaining hand to the wall also, and she writhed, kicking weakly at him.’
    • ‘When he let go, Carrie smiled weakly, as the force of the hug had taken a lot out of her, and opened her sketchbook to work on a drawing.’
    • ‘Ibis looked at her companion, completely stunned, and leaned against a building wall weakly.’
    • ‘I smile weakly and am forced to stand as the boat heads back home.’
    • ‘I hung the receiver back on the wall and leaned against the fridge weakly.’
    softly, making little noise, in a low voice, in hushed tones, in low tones, in muted tones, in subdued tones, in a mumble, in a murmur, in a whisper, murmuringly, under one's breath, in an undertone, sotto voce, gently, faintly, weakly, feebly
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adjective

  • Sickly; not robust.

    ‘if the lambs were weakly we had to feed them by hand’
    • ‘Frederic Chopin was a weakly child from the first.’
    • ‘The purpose of an infant incubator is to secure and improve the chances of survival of a premature or weakly infant.’
    • ‘Born the son of a samurai, he was weakly as a child.’
    frail, feeble, puny, fragile, delicate
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Pronunciation

weakly

/ˈwiːkli/