An egg is very fragile.
- An example of fragile is thin porcelain china.
- An example of fragile is someone with brittle bone disease.
The definition of fragile is someone or something delicate, flimsy or easily broken.
- easily broken, damaged, or destroyed
- physically weak; frail; delicate
- tenuous; flimsy: a fragile hope
Origin of fragilefrom Old French from Classical Latin fragilis from frangere, break
- Easily broken, damaged, or destroyed.
- Lacking physical or emotional strength; delicate: a fragile personality.
- Lacking substance; tenuous or flimsy: a fragile claim to fame.
Origin of fragileFrench from Old French from Latin fragilis from frangere frag- to break ; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.
- fra·gil′i·ty frag′ile·ness
fragile breakable frangible delicate brittle
These adjectives mean easily broken or damaged. Fragile applies to objects that are not made of strong or sturdy material and that require great care when handled: fragile porcelain plates. Breakable and frangible mean capable of being broken but do not necessarily imply inherent weakness: breakable toys; frangible artifacts. Delicate refers to what is so soft, tender, or fine as to be susceptible to injury: delicate fruit. Brittle refers to inelasticity that makes something especially likely to fracture or snap when it is subjected to pressure: brittle bones.See Also Synonyms at weak.
(comparative more fragile, superlative most fragile)