Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WEAKEST

Little Dorrit seemed the least, the quietest, and weakest of Heaven's creatures.

The weakest of creatures—my feelings are touched in a moment.'

The strength of a chain is precisely that of its weakest link.

Many of the noblest specimens of the human race have been among the weakest physically.

Of the two parties the Irish were the stoutest, and the weakest went to the wall.

The big brute's pride in his own brains and power was still his weakest point.

Of all the vengeances a man can wreak on another the weakest is to kill him.

This last was the most dangerous aspect of his power for us, and also his weakest point.

That was the weakest imitation of a sparrin' bout I ever stood up in.

It is not the weakest who succumb first to cold, as was strikingly proved in our experience.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, from Old Norse veikr "weak," cognate with Old English wac "weak, pliant, soft," from Proto-Germanic *waikwaz "yield," *wikanan "bend" (cf. Old Saxon wek, Swedish vek, Middle Dutch weec, Dutch week "weak, soft, tender," Old High German weih "yielding, soft," German weich "soft," from PIE root *weik- "to bend, wind" (see vicarious). Sense of "lacking authority" is first recorded early 15c.; that of "lacking moral strength" late 14c. Weak-kneed "wanting in resolve" is from 1870.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.