frail

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adjective \ˈfrāl\

Definition of frail

  1. 1 :  easily led into evil <frail humanity>

  2. 2 :  easily broken or destroyed :  fragile

  3. 3 a :  physically weak b :  slight, unsubstantial

frailly

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frailness

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Examples of frail in a sentence

  1. In his old age his health became increasingly frail.

  2. a small and frail ship

Origin and Etymology of frail

Middle English, from Anglo-French fraile, from Latin fragilis fragile, from frangere


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of frail

weak, feeble, frail, fragile, infirm, decrepit mean not strong enough to endure strain, pressure, or strenuous effort. weak applies to deficiency or inferiority in strength or power of any sort <felt weak after the surgery>. feeble suggests extreme weakness inviting pity or contempt <a feeble attempt to walk>. frail implies delicacy and slightness of constitution or structure <a frail teenager unable to enjoy sports>. fragile suggests frailty and brittleness unable to resist rough usage <a reclusive poet too fragile for the rigors of this world>. infirm suggests instability, unsoundness, and insecurity due to old age or crippling illness <infirm residents requiring constant care>. decrepit implies being worn-out or broken-down from long use or old age <the dowager's decrepit retainers>.

FRAIL Defined for English Language Learners

frail

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adjective \ˈfrāl\

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

frail

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adjective \ˈfrāl\

Definition of frail for Students

  1. :  very delicate or weak <a frail little child>



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