Adjective "frail" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/freɪl/

Definitions and examples

adjective

(of a person) weak and delicate.
  1. 'she looked frail and vulnerable'
  2. 'Doctors have been trying to build up the frail boy's strength before any attempts are made to fix his swollen heart - the result of a birth defect.'
  3. 'Now the frail pensioner - who has recently undergone a hip replacement operation - says she doesn't know how she will cope until she collects her next pension.'
  4. 'During the day the bus takes vulnerable and frail people on shopping trips and outings.'
  5. 'He was desperately frail, too weak to move his limbs but still strong enough to let out that cry which tears at every human heart.'
  6. 'Many private homes have closed, being unable to meet the standards, disrupting the lives of many elderly and very frail people.'
  7. 'As a child in Germany he was frail and sickly, and because of this he became obsessed with his body image.'
  8. 'The 90-year-old widow still kept lots of the old records she used to play at dance clubs all over the area, even after she was too frail to dance herself.'
  9. 'Carers often feel stressed and isolated and some have given up their own careers and friends to look after a sick or frail family member, friend or a child with disabilities.'
  10. 'They will be frail people with lung disease, and most will never know that it was influenza which pushed them off the edge.'
  11. 'That would mean each vulnerable member of society, from frail pensioner to neglected child, being given the time and care they needed.'
  12. 'the country's frail economy'
  13. 'Yet at the same time, it is so frail that one small piece of magnet, held nearby, can distort it totally.'
  14. 'The frail economies and volatile politics of some Pacific countries were also a concern for the leaders.'
  15. 'To bridge a gap is not to eliminate it; some bridges are robust and reliable but others are frail, brittle, and easily undone by outside circumstances.'
  16. 'With the numerous difficulties the country is experiencing due to the frail economy, Zambia has depended on such close allies to surmount her difficulties.'
  17. 'People are frail and make stupid mistakes and one kiss in a bar is not the end of the world, especially when she feels so bad about it.'
  18. 'That's what public relations propaganda is all about - conning frail, vain humans.'

noun

A woman.

    Definitions

    1. having delicate health; not robust; weak: My grandfather is rather frail now.

    2. easily broken or destroyed; fragile.

    3. morally weak; easily tempted. noun

    4. Older Slang: Sometimes Offensive. a term used to refer to a girl or woman.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "places can be frail in places."

    "people can be frail with lesions."

    "truces can be frail in places."

    "popes can be frail in robes."

    "poets can be frail in ages."

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    Origin

    (frail)Middle English: from Old French fraile, from Latin fragilis (see fragile).