Definition of frail
fraillyplay \ˈfrā(l)-lē\ adverb
Examples of frail in a Sentence
In his old age his health became increasingly frail.
a small and frail ship
Recent Examples of frail from the Web
Some would say that funneling money to millionaires at the expense of frail elderly patients is morally suspect.
The boys come upon a junkyard, where a young girl lives and takes care of a few frail Transformers, and then some kind of military unit comes in and shoots it up, and her favorite Transformer barfs robot blood and dies.
In Jurassic Park, when the dinosaurs escaped their pens, humans became frail prey, cowering in toilets, whispering prayers under trucks.
Listeria can cause serious illness in young children, frail or elderly people.
Which is why, when Alvin got too old and frail to jump over fences, the Mainos had holes cut in theirs to make his wanderings easier.
Rising unemployment has sowed a deep sense of ennui, altering the town’s already frail social fabric and spawning widespread addiction, violence, and resentment.
The back photo shows the passage of time with Abdul-Jabbar tenderly grasping the hand of his frail cane-carrying coach, assisting him off the court after a UCLA game in 2007.
The subway — New York’s lifeblood, carrying nearly six million riders each day — has become so unreliable that business leaders are worried the increasingly frail system will damage the city’s recent growth and prosperity.
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Origin and Etymology of frail
Middle English, from Anglo-French fraile, from Latin fragilis fragile, from frangere
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of frail
FRAIL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of frail for English Language Learners
: having less than a normal amount of strength or force : very weak
: easily damaged or destroyed
FRAIL Defined for Kids
Definition of frail for Students
: very delicate or weak a frail little child
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