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- (grammar) One of a class of Germanic verbs which use a dental affix appended to the stem to indicate tense; a Germanic weak verb.
- (grammar, linguistics) A member of a "weak" class in a language with two or more verb classes.
2009, Charles Häberl, The Neo-Mandaic Dialect of Khorramshahr, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, page 177:
- Three basic root consonant classes exist: the strong verb, roots with weak initial root consonant (I-weak verbs), roots with weak final consonants (III-weak verbs), and a composite class...
- (grammar) A verb the conjugation of which is regular.
1998, Katrin Linder, “Overgeneralization revisited: the case of German past participles”, in Ray Fabri, Albert Ortmann, and Teresa Parodi, editors, Models of inflection, Tübingen: M. Niemeyer, page 161:
- Storage clearly is assumed for irregular verb forms. But what about regular or weak verb forms?
- Although some descriptions of grammar use weak verb as a synonym for regular verb, many grammarians consider this usage incorrect or imprecise (for instance, tell is a Germanic weak verb, yet its past tense and past participle forms are irregular: told and told).