What does frail mean?

Definitions for frail

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word frail.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. frailnoun

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

  2. frailadjective

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

  3. frailadjective

    physically weak

    "an invalid's frail body"

  4. fallible, frail, imperfect, weakadjective

    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, frailadjective

    easily broken or damaged or destroyed

    "a kite too delicate to fly safely"; "fragile porcelain plates"; "fragile old bones"; "a frail craft"


  1. frailnoun

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

  2. frailnoun

    The quantity of raisins contained in a frail.

  3. frailnoun

    A rush for weaving baskets.

  4. frailnoun

    A girl.

  5. frailverb

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

  6. frailadjective

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

  7. frailadjective

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FRAILadjective

    Etymology: fragilis, Latin.

    I know my body’s of so frail a kind,
    As force without, fevers within can kill. Davies.

    When with care we have raised this imaginary treasure of happiness, we find, at last, that the materials of the structure are frail and perishing, and the foundation itself is laid in the sand. John Rogers, Sermon 5.

    The truly virtuous do not easily credit evil that is told them of their neighbours; for if others may do amiss, then may these also speak amiss: man is frail, and prone to evil, and therefore may soon fail in words. Jeremy Taylor, Guide to Devotion.

  2. Frailnoun


  1. Frail

    Frail is a song by Canadian electronic music band, Crystal Castles. It is the first single of the band's 2016 album, Amnesty (I). On April 17, 2015, it was made available for free download on the duo's SoundCloud page.


  1. frail

    Frail refers to being physically weak, delicate or fragile, often due to old age or illness. It can also imply a lack of strength or resilience in other areas such as emotional fortitude or structural integrity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Frailnoun

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

  2. Frailnoun

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

  3. Frailnoun

    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


  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

  7. Etymology: [OE. frele, freile, OF. fraile, frele, F. frle, fr. L. fragilis. See Fragile.]


  1. Frail

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Frail

    frāl, adj. wanting in strength or firmness: weak: unchaste.—adj. Frail′ish, somewhat frail.—adv. Frail′ly.—ns. Frail′ness, Frail′ty, weakness: infirmity. [O. Fr. fraile—L. fragilis, fragile.]

  2. Frail

    frāl, n. a rush: a basket made of rushes. [O. Fr. frayel; of dubious origin.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. FRAIL

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Frail is ranked #75564 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Frail surname appeared 255 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Frail.

    93.7% or 239 total occurrences were White.
    4.7% or 12 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

Matched Categories

Anagrams for frail »

  1. flair

  2. filar

How to pronounce frail?

How to say frail in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of frail in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of frail in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of frail in a Sentence

  1. Brian Deschanel:

    A thou shalt not bluster the lesser, forasmuchas equilibrium aligns the once all mighty before the frail, for mercy.

  2. New York:

    We saw an incredible increase in violence immediately following the pandemic. It appears to me that the human condition is very frail, we have to figure out the root causes here, and that is why in my budget I not only triple the amount of money to support our law enforcement activities and community policing.

  3. Efraim Zuroff:

    When you think of these cases, don't think of frail, old, sick men and women.

  4. Bonnie Bowes:

    She was extremely frail and she was burned, but yet could very clearly articulate what happened, where she was, fear, everything that you would expect, i’m so proud of her and I know one day I’ll see her, although my heart will be forever broken without her.

  5. Hanaa Singer:

    The people we met in Madaya were exhausted and extremely frail, doctors were emotionally distressed and mentally drained, working 'round the clock with very limited resources to provide treatment to children and people in need. It is simply unacceptable that this is happening in the 21st century.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for frail

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for frail »


Find a translation for the frail definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"frail." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 29 Feb. 2024. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/frail>.

Discuss these frail definitions with the community:


    Are we missing a good definition for frail? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Browse Definitions.net


    Are you a words master?

    a state of dishonor
    • A. reciprocal
    • B. whitewash
    • C. snap
    • D. ignominy

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for frail: