• <100 Weak
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in the U.S.
since 1880
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in the U.S.
in 2010

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Weak
  1. Wanting physical strength.
    1. Deficient in strength of body; feeble; infirm; sickly; debilitated; enfeebled; exhausted.
      "A poor, infirm, weak, and despised old man." [Shak.]
      " Weak with hunger, mad with love." [Dryden.]
    2. Not able to sustain a great weight, pressure, or strain; as, a weak timber; a weak rope.
    3. Not firmly united or adhesive; easily broken or separated into pieces; not compact; as, a weak ship.
    4. Not stiff; pliant; frail; soft; as, the weak stalk of a plant.
    5. Not able to resist external force or onset; easily subdued or overcome; as, a weak barrier; as, a weak fortress.
    6. Lacking force of utterance or sound; not sonorous; low; small; feeble; faint.
      "A voice not soft, weak, piping, and womanish." [Ascham.]
    7. Not thoroughly or abundantly impregnated with the usual or required ingredients, or with stimulating and nourishing substances; of less than the usual strength; as, weak tea, broth, or liquor; a weak decoction or solution; a weak dose of medicine.
    8. Lacking ability for an appropriate function or office; as, weak eyes; a weak stomach; a weak magistrate; a weak regiment, or army.
  2. Not possessing or manifesting intellectual, logical, moral, or political strength, vigor, etc.
    1. Feeble of mind; wanting discernment; lacking vigor; spiritless; as, a weak king or magistrate.
      "To think every thing disputable is a proof of a weak mind and captious temper." [Beattie.]
      "Origen was never weak enough to imagine that there were two Gods." [Waterland.]
    2. Resulting from, or indicating, lack of judgment, discernment, or firmness; unwise; hence, foolish.
      "If evil thence ensue, She first his weak indulgence will accuse." [Milton.]
    3. Not having full confidence or conviction; not decided or confirmed; vacillating; wavering.
      "Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations." [Rom. xiv. 1.]
    4. Not able to withstand temptation, urgency, persuasion, etc.; easily impressed, moved, or overcome; accessible; vulnerable; as, weak resolutions; weak virtue.
      "Guard thy heart On this weak side, where most our nature fails." [Addison.]
    5. Wanting in power to influence or bind; as, weak ties; a weak sense of honor of duty.
    6. Not having power to convince; not supported by force of reason or truth; unsustained; as, a weak argument or case.
      "Convinced of his weakarguing." [Milton.]
      "A case so weak . . . hath much persisted in." [Hooker.]
    7. Wanting in point or vigor of expression; as, a weak sentence; a weak style.
    8. Not prevalent or effective, or not felt to be prevalent; not potent; feeble.
      " Weakprayers." [Shak.]
    9. Lacking in elements of political strength; not wielding or having authority or energy; deficient in the resources that are essential to a ruler or nation; as, a weak monarch; a weak government or state.
      "I must make fair weather yet awhile, Till Henry be more weak, and I more strong." [Shak.]
    10. [Stock Exchange]
      Tending towards lower prices; as, a weak market.
  3. [Gram]
    1. Pertaining to, or designating, a verb which forms its preterit (imperfect) and past participle by adding to the present the suffix -ed -d, or the variant form -t; as in the verbs abash abashed; abate abated; deny denied; feel felt. See Strong, 19 .
    2. Pertaining to, or designating, a noun in Anglo-Saxon, etc., the stem of which ends in -n. See Strong, 19 .
  4. [Stock Exchange] Tending toward a lower price or lower prices; as, wheat is weak; a weak market.
  5. [Card Playing] Lacking in good cards; deficient as to number or strength; as, a hand weak in trumps.
  6. [Photog] Lacking contrast; as, a weak negative.

Note: Weak is often used in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, weak-eyed, weak-handed, weak-hearted, weak-minded, weak-spirited, and the like.

Etymology: OE. weik, Icel. veikr; akin to Sw. vek, Dan. veg soft, flexible, pliant, AS. wāc weak, soft, pliant, D. week, G. weich, OHG. weih; all from the verb seen in Icel. vīkja to turn, veer, recede, AS. wīcan to yield, give way, G. weichen, OHG. wīhhan, akin to Skr. vij, and probably to E. week, L. vicis a change, turn, Gr. e'i`kein to yield, give way. √132. Cf. Week Wink (v. i.) Vicissitude

verb Weak
To make or become weak; to weaken.

Etymology: Cf. AS. w�can. wācian. See Weak (a.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Deficient in intelligence or mental power ("a weak mind")
  2. Overly diluted; thin and insipid ("weak tea")
  3. Likely to fail under stress or pressure ("the weak link in the chain")
  4. Wanting in moral strength, courage, or will; having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beings
  5. Deficient in magnitude; barely perceptible; lacking clarity or brightness or loudness etc ("weak colors" and "a weak pulse")
  6. Not having authority, political strength, or governing power ("a weak president")
  7. (used of verbs) having standard (or regular) inflection
  8. Lacking bodily or muscular strength or vitality
  9. Deficient or lacking in some skill ("he's weak in spelling")
  10. (used of vowels or syllables) pronounced with little or no stress ("a weak stress on the second syllable")
  11. Wanting in physical strength ("a weak pillar")
  12. Tending downward in price ("a weak market for oil stocks")

From Middle English weik, waik, from Old Norse veikr (“weak”), from Proto-Germanic *waikwaz (“weak, yielded, pliant, bendsome”), from Proto-Indo-European *weyk- (“to bend, wind”). Cognate with Old English wāc (“weak, bendsome”), wīcan (“to yield”), Saterland Frisian wook (“soft, gentle, tender”) West Frisian weak (“soft”), Dutch week (“soft, weak”), German weich (“weak, soft”), Swedish vek (“weak, pliant”), Icelandic veikur (“bendsome, weak”).

weak was also found in the following language(s): West Frisian

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Weak U.S.
  White 94.57% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Weak

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Fun Facts about the name Weak

  • How Popular is the name Weak? As a last name Weak was the 131,379th most popular name in 2010.
  • How unique is the name Weak? Out of 5,838,786 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Weak was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
  • Weird things about the name Weak: Your name in reverse order is Kaew. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Kewa. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Weak? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 129 people with the last name Weak.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Weak? Weak is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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Past life for Weak born Apr 15, 1957

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Saudi Arabia approximately on 1050. Your profession was builder of roads, bridges, and docks.

You were a revolutionary type. You inspired changes in any sphere - politics, business, religion, housekeeping. You could have been a leader. Your lesson - to learn humility and faith in spiritual principles. You should believe in High Reason.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.