Definitions for frailfreɪl
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
having delicate health.
easily broken or destroyed.
* Syn: frail , brittle , fragile imply a delicacy or weakness of substance or construction. frail applies particularly to health and immaterial things: a frail constitution; frail hopes.brittle implies a hard material that snaps or breaks to pieces easily: brittle as glass.fragile implies that the object must be handled carefully to avoid breakage or damage: fragile bric-a-brac.
Origin of frail:
1300–50; ME < OF < L fragilisfragile
a basket made of rushes and used esp. for dried fruits.
Origin of frail:
1300–50; ME frayel, fraelle < OF frayel, of uncert. orig.
the weight of a frail (basket) full of raisins or figs; between 50 and 75 pounds
a basket for holding dried fruit (especially raisins or figs)
"an invalid's frail body"
fallible, frail, imperfect, weak(adj)
wanting in moral strength, courage, or will; having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beings
"I'm only a fallible human"; "frail humanity"
delicate, fragile, frail(adj)
easily broken or damaged or destroyed
"a kite too delicate to fly safely"; "fragile porcelain plates"; "fragile old bones"; "a frail craft"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a frail old man
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.
To play a stringed instrument, usually a banjo, by picking with the back of a fingernail.
Easily broken; mentally or physically fragile; not firm or durable; liable to fail and perish; easily destroyed; not tenacious of life; weak; infirm.
Liable to fall from virtue or be led into sin; not strong against temptation; weak in resolution; unchaste.
Origin: From frele, from fragilis. Cognate to fraction, fracture, and fragile.
a basket made of rushes, used chiefly for containing figs and raisins
the quantity of raisins -- about thirty-two, fifty-six, or seventy-five pounds, -- contained in a frail
a rush for weaving baskets
easily broken; fragile; not firm or durable; liable to fail and perish; easily destroyed; not tenacious of life; weak; infirm
liable to fall from virtue or be led into sin; not strong against temptation; weak in resolution; also, unchaste; -- often applied to fallen women
Translations for frail
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
weak, especially in health
a frail old lady.
- ضَعيف، واهِنArabic
- frágilPortuguese (BR)
- slabý, chatrného zdravíCzech
- αδύναμος, ασθενικόςGreek
- débil, delicadoSpanish
- krhak, slabašanCroatian
- gyenge (egészségű)Hungarian
- fragile, deboleItalian
- trausls; vārsLatvian
- skrøpelig, spinkel, sped(lemmet)Norwegian
- نازک، کمزوریPashto
- хилый; хрупкийRussian
- skör, klen, skröpligSwedish
- 虛弱的Chinese (Trad.)
- слабкий, кволийUkrainian
- mảnh khảnh; yếuVietnamese
- 虚弱的Chinese (Simp.)
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