AskDefine | Define weakly

The Collaborative Dictionary

Weakly \Weak"ly\, adv. In a weak manner; with little strength or vigor; feebly. [1913 Webster]
Weakly \Weak"ly\, a. [Compar. Weaklier; superl. Weakliest.] Not strong of constitution; infirm; feeble; as, a weakly woman; a man of a weakly constitution. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

weakly adj : lacking physical strength or vitality; "a feeble old woman"; "her body looked sapless" [syn: decrepit, debile, feeble, infirm, sapless, weak] adv : in a weak or feeble manner or to a minor degree; "weakly agreed to a compromise"; "wheezed weakly"; "he was weakly attracted to her" [ant: strongly] [also: weakliest, weaklier]

English

Etymology

From weak + -ly.

Pronunciation

/ˈwiːkli/

Adjective

  1. Frail, sickly or of a delicate constitution; weak.
    • 1885: I lay in weakly case and confined to my bed for four months before I was able to rise and health returned to me. — Sir Richard Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Night 18
    • 1889: I'd always been but weakly, / And my baby was just born; / A neighbour minded her by day, / I minded her till morn. — WB Yeats, ‘The Ballad of Moll Magee’

Adverb

  1. With little strength or force
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