- 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.
frail definition by Webster's New World
- easily broken, shattered, damaged, or destroyed; fragile; delicate
- slender and delicate; not robust; weak
- easily tempted to do wrong; morally weak
Origin: Middle English frele ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin fragilis, fragile
Origin: Middle English fraiel ; from Old French frael, rush basket ; from Midieval Latin fraellum ; from Classical Latin flagellum, young branch, whip: see flagellum
frail definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective frail·er, frail·est
- Physically weak; delicate: an invalid's frail body.
- Not strong or substantial; slight: evidence too frail to stand up in court.
- Easily broken or destroyed; fragile.
- Easily led astray; morally weak. See Synonyms at weak.
Origin: Middle English frele, from Old French, from Latin fragilis, from frangere, frag-, to break; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.
- frailˈly adverb
- frailˈness noun
- 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: Middle English fraiel, from Old French.