A person or a thing that does not have strength or power is weak. This word is the opposite of the word "strong."
We often use "weak" to describe people:
- She became weak after a long illness.
- A weak, old man was brought to the hospital.
- Babies are weak and powerless soon after they are born.
- Will was tired of looking skinny and weak, so he began to lift weights.
- Three days of the flu left me feeling weak.
The word "weak" also describes animals and things:
- A weak storm moved through our area.
- A weak foundation caused the house to collapse.
- The dogs legs were so weak it couldn't stand.
- Her excuse for being late was kind of weak. (It was a bad excuse)
- Sales figures for this last quarter have been weak.
To make this word into a verb, add an "en" ending:
- She was weakened by her illness.
- Smoking weakens your immune system.
- Hurricanes weaken once they hit land.
- Avoiding exercise will weaken your muscles.
Add "ling" to the end of "weak" to form the noun, "weakling." (weakling: a person who is weak)
- Randy is too much of a weakling to be a threat to anyone.
Randy needs to work out.
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This page was first published on January 23, 2014.