Definitions for frailfreɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

frail*freɪl(adj.)-er, -est.

  1. having delicate health.

  2. easily broken or destroyed.

  3. morally weak.

* 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

frail′ness(n.)

frailfreɪl(n.)

  1. a basket made of rushes and used esp. for dried fruits.

Origin of frail:

1300–50; ME frayel, fraelle < OF frayel, of uncert. orig.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. frail(noun)

    the weight of a frail (basket) full of raisins or figs; between 50 and 75 pounds

  2. frail(adj)

    a basket for holding dried fruit (especially raisins or figs)

  3. frail(adj)

    physically weak

    "an invalid's frail body"

  4. 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"

  5. 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

  1. frail(adjective)ɪl

    physically weak

    a frail old man

Wiktionary

  1. frail(Noun)

    A basket made of rushes, used chiefly for containing figs and raisins.

  2. frail(Noun)

    The quantity of raisins contained in a frail.

  3. frail(Noun)

    A rush for weaving baskets.

  4. frail(Noun)

    A girl.

  5. frail(Verb)

    To play a stringed instrument, usually a banjo, by picking with the back of a fingernail.

  6. frail(Adjective)

    Easily broken; mentally or physically fragile; not firm or durable; liable to fail and perish; easily destroyed; not tenacious of life; weak; infirm.

  7. frail(Adjective)

    Liable to fall from virtue or be led into sin; not strong against temptation; weak in resolution; unchaste.

  8. Origin: From frele, from fragilis. Cognate to fraction, fracture, and fragile.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Frail(noun)

    a basket made of rushes, used chiefly for containing figs and raisins

  2. Frail(noun)

    the quantity of raisins -- about thirty-two, fifty-six, or seventy-five pounds, -- contained in a frail

  3. Frail(noun)

    a rush for weaving baskets

  4. Frail

    easily broken; fragile; not firm or durable; liable to fail and perish; easily destroyed; not tenacious of life; weak; infirm

  5. Frail

    tender

  6. Frail

    liable to fall from virtue or be led into sin; not strong against temptation; weak in resolution; also, unchaste; -- often applied to fallen women

Freebase

  1. Frail

    Frail is an album by Norwegian singer-songwiter Maria Solheim released in 2004 by Kirkelig Kulturverksted.


Translations for frail

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

frail(adjective)

weak, especially in health

a frail old lady.

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