Frail - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |freɪl|  American pronunciation of the word frail
Brit.  |freɪl|  British pronunciation of the word frail


- 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)


- wanting in moral strength, courage, or will; having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beings(syn: fallible, imperfect, weak)
- easily broken or damaged or destroyed(syn: delicate, fragile)


In his old age his health became increasingly frail.

The charms are frail.

It seemed impossible that these frail boats could survive in such a storm.

...because of his frail constitution, he's liable to diseases...

He's just too frail

...with a tottery gait the frail, elderly woman slowly climbed the steps of the church...

It was sad to see the once-great man looking so frail.

...the long illness left him frail and underweight...

his mother was doddering and frail

Word forms

comparative: frailer
superlative: frailest
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