Fragile - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈfrædʒl|  American pronunciation of the word fragile
Brit.  |ˈfradʒʌɪl|  British pronunciation of the word fragile

adjective

- easily broken or damaged or destroyed(syn: delicate, frail)

fragile porcelain plates
fragile old bones

- vulnerably delicate

she has the fragile beauty of youth

- lacking substance or significance(syn: flimsy, slight, tenuous, thin)

a fragile claim to fame

Examples

Her health has always been very fragile.

an artist with a fragile ego

He is in an emotionally fragile state.

The two countries have formed a fragile coalition.

Be careful with that vase - it's very fragile.

Relations between the two countries are in a fragile state.

she has the fragile beauty of youth

He had removed her from that crass monied Middle Atlantic society where she had seemed stilted and fragile.

...be careful of the fragile curios on the end tables...

Their fragile happiness fractured all too soon.

...a collection of fragile ornamentals kept in a glass cabinet...

Marble quarrying operations have disrupted the fragile ecology of the park.

Nothing is more fragile and insubstantial than a spider's web.

a public image is as fragile as Humpty Dumpty

a quicksilver character, cool and willful at one moment, utterly fragile the next

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