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Synonyms for weak

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. weak(adj)

    wanting in physical strength

    "a weak pillar"

    faint, debile, sapless, unaccented, washy, rickety, feeble, watery, light, weakly, imperfect, frail, fallible, infirm, decrepit

    well-knit, powerful, imperceptible, stressed, ironlike, muscular, infallible, strong, industrial-strength, knock-down(a), beefed-up, strengthened, skilled, noticeable, sinewy, bullocky, smart, brawny, nonhuman, unperceivable, virile, robust, undiluted, knockout, up, hard, hefty, stiff, weapons-grade, irregular, accented, beardown(a), fortified, vehement, reinforced, bullnecked, severe, well-set

  2. watery, washy, weak(adj)

    overly diluted; thin and insipid

    "washy coffee"; "watery milk"; "weak tea"

    watery, infirm, unaccented, weakly, debile, rickety, bleached, washy, faded, reeking, imperfect, washed-out, faint, decrepit, light, fallible, frail, feeble, sapless

    knock-down(a), industrial-strength, strong, hard, powerful, nonhuman, fortified, imperceptible, up, bullocky, undiluted, stressed, skilled, robust, virile, smart, well-knit, vehement, ironlike, unperceivable, weapons-grade, brawny, knockout, sinewy, beefed-up, accented, bullnecked, hefty, strengthened, well-set, noticeable, beardown(a), infallible, reinforced, stiff, muscular, severe, irregular

  3. unaccented, light, weak(adj)

    (used of vowels or syllables) pronounced with little or no stress

    "a syllable that ends in a short vowel is a light syllable"; "a weak stress on the second syllable"

    light-headed, lite, wanton, sapless, wakeful, faint, lightheaded, feeble, low-cal, decrepit, watery, lightsome, debile, light-colored, unaccented, weakly, easy, promiscuous, abstemious, atonic, unclouded, clean, light(a), frail, clear, idle, fallible, imperfect, infirm, tripping, short, scant(p), washy, rickety, sluttish, light, swooning, calorie-free, loose

    hard, undiluted, bullnecked, beardown(a), well-knit, severe, knock-down(a), muscular, strengthened, fortified, imperceptible, weapons-grade, industrial-strength, brawny, infallible, beefed-up, knockout, irregular, accented, bullocky, powerful, unperceivable, strong, robust, noticeable, smart, reinforced, skilled, ironlike, virile, nonhuman, up, sinewy, hefty, well-set, stressed, vehement, stiff

  4. fallible, frail, imperfect, weak(adj)

    wanting in moral strength, courage, or will; having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beings

    "I'm only a fallible human"; "frail humanity"

    watery, infirm, unaccented, weakly, imperfect, rickety, debile, delicate, sapless, frail, washy, faint, decrepit, light, fallible, feeble, fragile

    well-knit, weapons-grade, hefty, strong, bullocky, knock-down(a), well-set, irregular, severe, powerful, nonhuman, undiluted, noticeable, vehement, imperceptible, stressed, strengthened, beardown(a), ironlike, brawny, up, smart, accented, bullnecked, infallible, industrial-strength, reinforced, virile, muscular, sinewy, knockout, skilled, hard, fortified, stiff, robust, beefed-up, unperceivable

  5. weak(adj)

    tending downward in price

    "a weak market for oil stocks"

    faint, debile, sapless, unaccented, washy, rickety, feeble, watery, light, weakly, imperfect, frail, fallible, infirm, decrepit

    knockout, irregular, powerful, bullocky, undiluted, industrial-strength, severe, virile, muscular, accented, noticeable, infallible, strengthened, beefed-up, up, robust, hefty, bullnecked, stressed, ironlike, knock-down(a), fortified, reinforced, nonhuman, weapons-grade, smart, sinewy, vehement, well-knit, strong, stiff, beardown(a), imperceptible, hard, brawny, skilled, well-set, unperceivable

  6. weak(adj)

    deficient or lacking in some skill

    "he's weak in spelling"

    faint, debile, sapless, unaccented, washy, rickety, feeble, watery, light, weakly, imperfect, frail, fallible, infirm, decrepit

    skilled, brawny, beardown(a), ironlike, fortified, severe, reinforced, undiluted, irregular, industrial-strength, robust, strong, well-knit, bullocky, beefed-up, hard, up, nonhuman, smart, strengthened, powerful, muscular, vehement, well-set, knockout, stressed, infallible, sinewy, accented, unperceivable, hefty, noticeable, stiff, knock-down(a), bullnecked, virile, weapons-grade, imperceptible

  7. decrepit, debile, feeble, infirm, rickety, sapless, weak, weakly(adj)

    lacking bodily or muscular strength or vitality

    "a feeble old woman"; "her body looked sapless"

    watery, infirm, unaccented, washy, shaky, weakly, debile, rickety, woebegone, lame, rachitic, nerveless, run-down, wonky, imperfect, creaky, faint, frail, decrepit, light, fallible, flea-bitten, wobbly, feeble, derelict, sapless

    knock-down(a), muscular, sinewy, irregular, infallible, powerful, stiff, strengthened, beefed-up, well-knit, imperceptible, unperceivable, brawny, nonhuman, accented, bullnecked, noticeable, stressed, reinforced, vehement, skilled, severe, smart, beardown(a), bullocky, hefty, robust, hard, industrial-strength, up, strong, well-set, ironlike, weapons-grade, knockout, fortified, virile, undiluted

  8. weak(adj)

    (used of verbs) having standard (or regular) inflection

    faint, debile, sapless, unaccented, washy, rickety, feeble, watery, light, weakly, imperfect, frail, fallible, infirm, decrepit

    robust, hefty, noticeable, powerful, virile, stiff, well-knit, bullocky, beefed-up, vehement, strengthened, fortified, unperceivable, weapons-grade, smart, reinforced, industrial-strength, bullnecked, ironlike, irregular, stressed, undiluted, hard, up, imperceptible, skilled, beardown(a), knockout, brawny, muscular, severe, strong, knock-down(a), accented, nonhuman, well-set, sinewy, infallible

  9. weak(adj)

    not having authority, political strength, or governing power

    "a weak president"

    faint, debile, sapless, unaccented, washy, rickety, feeble, watery, light, weakly, imperfect, frail, fallible, infirm, decrepit

    sinewy, accented, fortified, ironlike, robust, vehement, powerful, severe, beefed-up, knock-down(a), skilled, beardown(a), well-set, industrial-strength, strong, stressed, hard, bullnecked, knockout, stiff, smart, bullocky, imperceptible, undiluted, muscular, brawny, virile, noticeable, infallible, strengthened, well-knit, irregular, weapons-grade, nonhuman, up, unperceivable, reinforced, hefty

  10. faint, weak(adj)

    deficient in magnitude; barely perceptible; lacking clarity or brightness or loudness etc

    "a faint outline"; "the wan sun cast faint shadows"; "the faint light of a distant candle"; "weak colors"; "a faint hissing sound"; "a faint aroma"; "a weak pulse"

    watery, dim, unaccented, weakly, swooning, faint, rickety, debile, vague, faint-hearted, fainthearted, washy, timid, light-headed, lightheaded, decrepit, wispy, light, shadowy, fallible, frail, feeble, imperfect, infirm, sapless

    skilled, stressed, knock-down(a), muscular, nonhuman, weapons-grade, powerful, beardown(a), virile, imperceptible, strengthened, ironlike, vehement, bullnecked, sinewy, noticeable, robust, unperceivable, up, knockout, smart, accented, infallible, undiluted, strong, hard, severe, irregular, stiff, beefed-up, industrial-strength, hefty, well-set, reinforced, fortified, bullocky, well-knit, brawny

  11. weak(adj)

    likely to fail under stress or pressure

    "the weak link in the chain"

    faint, debile, sapless, unaccented, washy, rickety, feeble, watery, light, weakly, imperfect, frail, fallible, infirm, decrepit

    strengthened, weapons-grade, reinforced, muscular, powerful, undiluted, industrial-strength, stiff, unperceivable, noticeable, beardown(a), fortified, hefty, virile, vehement, well-knit, robust, brawny, ironlike, knock-down(a), stressed, nonhuman, bullnecked, irregular, well-set, infallible, severe, skilled, strong, up, beefed-up, knockout, sinewy, bullocky, hard, accented, smart, imperceptible

  12. weak(adj)

    deficient in intelligence or mental power

    "a weak mind"

    faint, debile, sapless, unaccented, washy, rickety, feeble, watery, light, weakly, imperfect, frail, fallible, infirm, decrepit

    fortified, noticeable, undiluted, hefty, beefed-up, stiff, accented, smart, powerful, up, well-knit, virile, weapons-grade, robust, knockout, brawny, nonhuman, muscular, knock-down(a), industrial-strength, imperceptible, strengthened, sinewy, stressed, skilled, hard, ironlike, unperceivable, reinforced, severe, bullocky, bullnecked, strong, vehement, infallible, well-set, beardown(a), irregular


  1. weak(adjective)

    feeble, powerless, watery, frail, dilute

    powerful, strong, healthy, robust, potent

  2. weak(adjective)

    Lacking in force (usually strength) or ability.

    watery, dilute, feeble, frail, powerless

    healthy, robust, potent, strong, powerful

  3. weak(adjective)

    Dilute, lacking in taste or potency.

    We were served stale bread and weak tea.

    frail, feeble, powerless, dilute, watery

    healthy, powerful, strong, robust, potent

  4. weak(adjective)

    Regular in inflection, especially of verbs.

    dilute, feeble, watery, frail, powerless

    strong, powerful, potent, healthy, robust

  5. weak(adjective)

    One of the four fundamental forces associated with nuclear decay.

    dilute, watery, powerless, frail, feeble

    potent, healthy, powerful, robust, strong

  6. weak(adjective)

    Bad or uncool.

    This place is weak.

    feeble, powerless, dilute, frail, watery

    robust, powerful, healthy, strong, potent

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. weak

    Faint, with the general sense of lacking strength or effectiveness, covers a wide range of meaning, signifying overcome with physical weakness or exhaustion, or lacking in purpose, courage, or energy, as said of persons; or lacking definiteness or distinctness of color or sound, as said of written characters, voices, or musical notes. A person may be faint when physically wearied, or when overcome with fear; he may be a faint adherent because naturally feeble or purposeless, or because half-hearted in the cause; he may be a faltering supporter because naturally irresolute or because faint-hearted and timid in view of perils that threaten, a listless worker, through want of mental energy and purpose. Written characters may be faint or dim, either because originally written with poor ink, or because they have become faded by time and exposure.

    dim, exhausted, faded, faint, faint-hearted, faltering, fatigued, feeble, half-hearted, ill-defined, indistinct, irresolute, languid, listless, purposeless, timid, wearied, worn, worn down, worn out

    bright, brilliant, clear, conspicuous, daring, energetic, fresh, hearty, resolute, strong, sturdy, vigorous

    Faint with hunger; faint in color.

Editors Contribution

  1. unempowered

    a lack of: ability, capacity, authority.

    paul was made powerless by his boss's refusal to sign the letter of authorisation.

    Submitted by rinat on February 22, 2016  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. weak(a.)

    feeble, languid, weakly, not strong, not vigorous

  2. weak(a.)

    sickly, debilitated, unhealthy, unsound, infirm, frail, delicate, tender, valetudinary, valetudinarian, invalid

  3. weak(a.)

    defenceless, unguarded, exposed, unprotected

  4. weak(a.)

    lax, soft, pliant, imperfect

  5. weak(a.)

    pliable, pusillanimous, easily influenced, without any backbone, dough-faced

  6. weak(a.)

    shallow, simple, silly, senseless, witless, stupid, foolish, DAFT, childish, inept

  7. weak(a.)

    unwise, injudicious, foolish, indiscreet, erring, peccable

  8. weak(a.)

    low, faint, small, inconsiderable

  9. weak(a.)

    thin, watery, diluted, waterish

  10. weak(a.)

    10. sleazy, flimsy, slight, poor

  11. weak(a.)

    poor, inconclusive, unconvincing, unsatisfactory, lame, not forcible, not cogent

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How to use weak in a sentence?

  1. Atif Latif:

    Even the China-exposed names, such as miners, we think have fallen too far. Much of the negative news is priced in as the PMI data was not a surprise and we were expecting a weak print.

  2. Societe Generale analyst Michel Martinez:

    The objectives for the end of Hollande's mandate are a bit weak, but the subliminal messages that are being sent are clear: we're going towards more flexibility.

  3. Masashi Oda:

    It will probably take a few months to price the bad news in, so the market is likely to stay weak for a while, investors would buy domestic-demand sensitive stocks which have little exposures to currency moves.

  4. Francis Quarles:

    Use law and physic only for necessity. They that use them otherwise abuse themselves into weak bodies and light purses. They are good remedies, bad businesses, and worse recreations.

  5. Alphonse Daudet:

    Hatred is the anger of the weak.

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