Definition of weakly in English:

weakly

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Pronunciation: /ˈwiːkli
 
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adverb

  • In a way that lacks strength or force: she leaned weakly against the wall
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    • She weakly summoned the strength to murmur a goodbye, and then hung up.
    • 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.
    • I smile weakly and am forced to stand as the boat heads back home.

adjective (weaklier, weakliest)

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  • Sickly; not robust: if the lambs were weakly we had to feed them by hand
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    • The purpose of an infant incubator is to secure and improve the chances of survival of a premature or weakly infant.
    • Frederic Chopin was a weakly child from the first.
    • Born the son of a samurai, he was weakly as a child.

Derivatives

weakliness

noun
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  • After a time, I overcame my original weakliness of constitution, and was just a bonny, strong-looking lad, whom every passer-by noticed when my father took me with him to the nearest town.
  • If the weakliness is an inherited characteristic, it is unfortunate that the people who have it should have children, because they will pass it on, generation after generation.

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