adjective frag·ile \ˈfra-jəl, -ˌjī(-ə)l\

: easily broken or damaged : very delicate : not strong

Full Definition of FRAGILE

a :  easily broken or destroyed <a fragile vase>
b :  constitutionally delicate :  lacking in vigor <a fragile child>
:  tenuous, slight <fragile hope>
fra·gil·i·ty \frə-ˈji-lə-tē\ noun

Examples of FRAGILE

  1. Her health has always been very fragile.
  2. an artist with a fragile ego
  3. He is in an emotionally fragile state.
  4. The two countries have formed a fragile coalition.

Origin of FRAGILE

Middle French, from Latin fragilis — more at frail
First Known Use: 1521

Synonym Discussion of FRAGILE

fragile, frangible, brittle, crisp, friable mean breaking easily. fragile implies extreme delicacy of material or construction and need for careful handling <a fragile antique chair>. frangible implies susceptibility to being broken without implying weakness or delicacy <frangible stone used for paving>. brittle implies hardness together with lack of elasticity or flexibility or toughness <brittle bones>. crisp implies a firmness and brittleness desirable especially in some foods <crisp lettuce>. friable applies to substances that are easily crumbled or pulverized <friable soil>.
synonyms see in addition weak

Rhymes with FRAGILE


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