fragile[fraj′əl; chiefly Brit & Cdn, -īl]
- The definition of fragile is someone or something delicate, flimsy or easily broken.
- An example of fragile is thin porcelain china.
- An example of fragile is someone with brittle bone disease.
An egg is very fragile.
- easily broken, damaged, or destroyed
- physically weak; frail; delicate
- tenuous; flimsy: a fragile hope
Origin of fragile; from 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
(comparative more fragile, superlative most fragile)