- The definition of frail is physically weak, fragile or delicate.
An example of someone frail is a sickly old woman with brittle bones.
A frail old woman.
- 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)