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1‘they are too weak to move’
frail, feeble, puny, fragile, delicate, weakly
infirm, sick, sickly, shaky, debilitated, incapacitated, ailing, indisposed, decrepit, enervated, tired, fatigued, exhausted, spent, worn out
2‘bats have very weak eyes’
inadequate, poor, feeble
defective, faulty, flawed, deficient, imperfect, substandard, lacking, wanting
strong, powerful, keen
3‘she made some weak excuse to break the appointment’
unconvincing, untenable, tenuous, implausible, unsatisfactory, slight, poor, inadequate, thin, transparent
unsound, feeble, flimsy, lame, hollow
4‘I was too weak to be a rebel’
irresolute, spineless, craven, cowardly, pusillanimous, timorous, timid, indecisive, ineffectual, useless, inept, effete, meek, tame, powerless, ineffective, impotent, namby-pamby, soft, lily-livered, faint-hearted
informal yellow, weak-kneed, gutless, yellow-bellied, chicken-hearted, chicken
5‘he had only a weak light to work by’
dim, pale, wan, faint, dull, feeble, muted
6‘‘you did this to her,’ he said in a weak voice’
indistinct, muffled, stifled, muted, hushed, faint, low, scarcely audible
7‘they drank weak coffee’
watery, diluted, dilute, watered down, thinned down, thin, adulterated, tasteless, flavourless, bland, insipid, mild
8‘a weak smile’
unenthusiastic, feeble, half-hearted, limp, lame
‘she has accepted a challenge that would make the bravest man go weak at the knees’
faint, dizzy, light-headed, giddy, shaky
weak-kneed, wobbly, quivery, unsteady, groggy, muzzy
trembly, all of a tremble, all of a quiver, with rubbery legs, woozy
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