Synonyms and Antonyms of frail

  1. 1 easily broken a frail eggshell Synonyms of frail breakable, delicate, fragile, frangibleWords Related to frail dainty, fine, gossamer; eggshell, flimsy, slight, tenuous; brittle, crisp, crispy, crumbly, crushable, embrittled, flaky (also flakey), friable, shaky, shivery, short; feeble, infirm, soft, spindly, tender, weak; inelastic, inflexible, stiffNear Antonyms of frail compact, firm, hard, rigid, solid, substantial, unyielding; elastic, flexible, resilient, rubberlike, rubbery, springy, stretch, stretchable, suppleAntonyms of frail infrangible, nonbreakable, strong, sturdy, tough, unbreakable

  2. 2 easily injured without careful handling be careful with your grandmother, as she's very frail and a fall would be disastrous Synonyms of frail delicate, fragile, tender, sensitiveWords Related to frail breakable, brittle, crushable, eggshell, frangible, friable; feeble, flimsy, puny, slight, soft, tenuous, weak; nonhardy, perishable, resistless, susceptible, unresistant, vulnerable, yieldingNear Antonyms of frail durable, firm, flinty, hard, hardy, resistant, robust, rugged, solid, sound, stiff, stout, strong, sturdy, substantial; infrangible, nonbreakable, unbreakable; hardened, inured, strengthened, tempered, toughenedAntonyms of frail tough

  3. 3 lacking bodily strength he was frail after a long battle with bronchitis Synonyms of frail asthenic, debilitated, delicate, down-and-out, effete, enervated, enfeebled, faint, feeble, weak, infirm, languid, low, prostrate, prostrated, sapped, slight, soft, softened, tender, unsubstantial, wasted, weakened, wimpish, wimpyWords Related to frail challenged, disabled, incapacitated, invalid; paralyzed; broken-down, decrepit; impotent, powerless; breakable, flimsy, fragile; dizzy, groggy, rocky, unsteady, woozy; drained, exhausted, flagging, tired, weary, worn-out; damaged, harmed, hurt, impaired, injured, lame, unsound; resistless, susceptible, unresistant, vulnerable, yieldingNear Antonyms of frail able-bodied, athletic, beefy, brawny, fit, husky, muscular, sinewy, strapping, virile; hard, hardy, lusty, red-blooded, robust, sturdy, tough; fortified, hardened, inured, strengthened, toughened; energetic, energized, invigorated, vigorous, vitalized; hale, healthy, sound; capable, competent; convalescing, recovering, recuperatingAntonyms of frail mighty, powerful, rugged, stalwart, stout, strong

  4. 4 lacking strength of will or character a frail person, easily swayed by others Synonyms of frail characterless, effete, weak, invertebrate, limp-wristed, milk-and-water, namby-pamby, nerveless, soft, spineless, weakened, weak-kneed, weakling, wet [British], wimpish, wimpy, wishy-washyWords Related to frail flabby, flaccid, forceless, ineffective, ineffectual; impotent, impuissant, powerless; emasculated, unnerved; lamblike, meek, pliable, submissive; corrupt, dastardly, unprincipled, unscrupulous, villainous; cowardly, craven, fainthearted, lily-livered, nebbishy, poltroon, pusillanimous, sissy, timid; infirm, irresolute, vacillatingNear Antonyms of frail ethical, good, moral, principled, right, righteous, upright, virtuous; determined, mettlesome, resolute, unrelenting; courageous, stalwart, stoutheartedAntonyms of frail backboned, firm, hard, strong, tough

  5. 5 small in degree a frail hope of success Synonyms of frail fragile, remote, negligible, off, outside, slight, slim, smallWords Related to frail marginal, minimal, minor; little, tinyNear Antonyms of frail great, large; distinct, significant; considerable, goodly, healthy, largish, respectable, significant, sizable (or sizeable), substantial, tidyAntonyms of frail good

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

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