A frail old woman.
An example of someone frail is a sickly old woman with brittle bones.
- easily broken, shattered, damaged, or destroyed; fragile; delicate
- slender and delicate; not robust; weak
- easily tempted to do wrong; morally weak
Origin of frailMiddle English frele from Old French from Classical Latin fragilis, fragile
Origin of frailMiddle English fraiel from Old French frael, rush basket from Medieval Latin fraellum from Classical Latin flagellum, young branch, whip: see flagellum
- Physically weak or delicate: an invalid's frail body; in frail health. See Synonyms at weak.
- Easily broken or destroyed; fragile: a flower with a frail stem.
- Not strong or substantial; slight: a frail voice; evidence too frail to stand up in court.
- Easily led astray; morally weak.
Origin of frailMiddle English frele from Old French from Latin fragilis from frangere frag- to break ; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.
- A rush basket for holding fruit, especially dried fruit.
- The quantity of fruit, such as raisins or figs, that such a basket can hold.
Origin of frailMiddle English fraiel from Old French
(comparative frailer, superlative frailest)
- A basket made of rushes, used chiefly for containing figs and raisins.
- The quantity of raisins contained in a frail.
- A rush for weaving baskets.
- (dated, slang) A girl.
(third-person singular simple present frails, present participle frailing, simple past and past participle frailed)