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
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.
Twice a week, Father Enzo loads a van with water and snacks and, in the company of a young friar and a frail old nun, sets off to provide comfort and assistance to girls on the streets.
Old and frail people had to walk up very large steps to get into the terminal.
He was wrapped in a blue towel, and wads of cotton were stuffed around his frail body to keep him warm.
The change isn’t the same in Churchill, who is a leader still determined to focus on the enemy menace—in this case Stalin and the Soviets—but one now frail, in ill health.
There’s a long tradition of dismissing women as weak and frail as a way to discredit them.
Her singing is frail but determined on this album, which hits like an intense whisper.
The kid was a full head shorter than him, his arms thin-looking, frail.
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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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