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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj weak-kneed lacking will power or resolution "the role of the dissenter is not for the weak-kneed"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Weak-kneed Having weak knees; hence, easily yielding; wanting resolution.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • weak-kneed Having weak knees; hence, weak, especially as regards will or de termination: as, a weak-kneed policy or effort.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Weak-kneed having weak knees: weak in will
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wác, pliant—wican, to yield; Dut. week, Ice. veikr, Ger. weich.


In literature:

I am only concerned with what you are, and whatever that may be, you are not a weak-kneed fool.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
It was no time for weak-kneed, sentimental policies.
"The Scarlet Plague" by Jack London
"Half a Hero" by Anthony Hope
Accordingly, on the next roll-call, the weak-kneed took flight, the vote standing 202 to 116.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
The news cast a gloom over the city, and many weak-kneed Patriots lost their heads entirely.
"At the Point of the Sword" by Herbert Hayens
They are model wives and mothers, and they have made no weak-kneed concessions to these degenerate times.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
He was so glad to feel it there that he was faint and weak-kneed.
"A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays" by Willa Cather
Some sheriffs are mighty weak-kneed about such things.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
Weak-kneed fools are deserting the Chief.
"A Man of the People" by Thomas Dixon
He made a weak-kneed progress from the door to a chair near the screened fireplace.
"No Clue" by James Hay
The week-kneed and weak-minded youth was too vain to feel much ashamed.
"Stingaree" by E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
From Bud's description of Delton he's sort of a weak-kneed type.
"The Boy Ranchers on Roaring River" by Willard F. Baker
The little weak-kneed urchin that the captain would ignore Until he found by counting, that he needed one man more.
"Right off the Bat" by William F. Kirk
When it comes to Mother, I'm weak-kneed.
"The Soul of Susan Yellam" by Horace Annesley Vachell
A weak-kneed race, they are still as cowardly as then.
"The Jew" by Joseph Ignatius Kraszewski
Let's not confess that we are weak-kneed.
"The Iron Boys in the Steel Mills" by James R. Mears
There is nothing weak-kneed about Ripley and the rapidly growing group of executives rallying about him.
"The Railroad Problem" by Edward Hungerford
Above all, that she was making a very weak-kneed master stand firm.
"Missy" by Miriam Coles Harris
The idea of this weak-kneed, lanky youth, of all others, "doing murder" seemed too ridiculous.
"Dead Man's Love" by Tom Gallon
He gazed down at the irregular houses under the hill, cuddled like frightened and weak-kneed sheep.
"A Book o' Nine Tales." by Arlo Bates

In news:

Mom-and-pop directors like Ms Griffith think of their home movies as a way to demystify childbirth by showing other women — and their weak-kneed husbands — candid images they might not otherwise see until their contractions begin.
The British archer Larry Godfrey said competitors from cricket-playing nations ''were weak-kneed as they walked down the famous steps and onto the field.
Did the producers of PBS's famed Sesame Street children's program do the right thing, or did they get weak-kneed and wobbly and engage in self-censorship after the first round of criticism.
Ineffectual, weak-kneed President Charles Logan was the man responsible for putting deadly nerve gas into the hands of Russian terrorists.
Payne's subtly observant films feature fully realized characters like Miles, the weak-kneed protagonist in "Sideways," a story about two guys on a weeklong bachelor party tour through California's wine country.