Definition of weakling in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwiːklɪŋ/


1A person or animal that is physically weak and frail: we spend money and effort in rearing every weakling a brood of weaklings he looked like a nine-stone weakling who had just thrown sand in the face of the bully
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  • 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.
  • I found it hard to stand there with the likes of him and not feel like a nine-stone weakling.
  • Bill was the original nine-stone weakling and not in good health when his call-up papers arrived.
1.1An ineffectual or cowardly person: this is no place for weaklings he was a weakling and a hypocrite
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  • ‘Our power is wielded by weaklings and cowards, and our honour is false in all its points’.
  • She could recall the total disgust that she had felt towards such a cowardly weakling who would cry before his peers; it was revolting.
  • Stand up to the foe; he is a weakling and a coward!
North American informal wuss, pussy
archaic poltroon

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