frail

  • 1 frail — [freıl] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: fraile, from Latin fragilis, from frangere to break ] 1.) someone who is frail is weak and thin because they are old or ill ▪ frail elderly people ▪ her frail health frail body/physique… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 2 frail — frail, a. [Compar. {frailer} (fr[=a]l [ e]r); superl. {frailest}.] [OE. frele, freile, OF. fraile, frele, F. fr[^e]le, fr. L. fragilis. See {Fragile}.] 1. Easily broken; fragile; not firm or durable; liable to fail and perish; easily destroyed;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 frail — [ freıl ] adjective * 1. ) physically weak and not very healthy: He is frail, but still manages to walk with a cane. 2. ) not strong and therefore likely to be damaged or destroyed: a garden with a frail wooden fence around it attempts to rebuild …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 4 frail — frail·ly; frail·ness; frail·ty; frail; …

    English syllables

  • 5 frail — (fr[=a]l), n. [OE. fraiel, fraile, OF. fraiel, freel, frael, fr. LL. fraellum.] A basket made of rushes, used chiefly for containing figs and raisins. [1913 Webster] 2. The quantity of raisins about thirty two, fifty six, or seventy five pounds,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 frail — (adj.) mid 14c., morally weak, from O.Fr. fraile weak, frail, sickly, infirm (Mod.Fr. frêle), from L. fragilis easily broken (see FRAGILITY (Cf. fragility)). Sense of liable to break is first recorded in English late 14c. The U.S. slang noun… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 frail|ty — «FRAYL tee», noun, plural ties. 1. the condition of being frail; weakness: »a sick person s physical frailty. The works of man inherit…their author s frailty and return to dust (William Cowper). 2. moral weakness; liability to yield to temptation …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 8 frail — index imperfect, insecure, insubstantial, nonsubstantial (not sturdy), powerless Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 9 frail — fragile, *weak, feeble, infirm, decrepit Analogous words: slight, slender, tenuous, *thin, slim: puny, *petty: flimsy, sleazy (see LIMP): *powerless, impotent Antonyms: robust Contrasted words: * …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 10 frail — [adj] breakable, weak brittle, dainty, decrepit, delicate, feeble, fishy, flimsy, fracturable, fragile, frangible, infirm, insubstantial, puny, sad, shatterable, shattery, sickly, slender, slight, slim, tender, tenuous, thin, unsound,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 11 frail — ► ADJECTIVE 1) weak and delicate. 2) easily damaged or broken. DERIVATIVES frailly adverb frailness noun. ORIGIN Old French fraile, from Latin fragilis fragile …

    English terms dictionary

  • 12 frail — frail1 [frāl] adj. [ME frele < OFr < L fragilis, FRAGILE] 1. easily broken, shattered, damaged, or destroyed; fragile; delicate 2. slender and delicate; not robust; weak 3. easily tempted to do wrong; morally weak SYN. WEAK frailly adv.… …

    English World dictionary

  • 13 frail — I [[t]freɪl[/t]] adj., er, est. 1) having delicate health 2) easily broken or destroyed 3) morally weak • Etymology: 1300–50; ME < OF < L fragilis fragile frail′ly, adv. frail′ness, n. syn: frail, brittle, fragile imply a delicacy or… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 14 frail´ly — frail1 «frayl», adjective. 1. slender and not very strong; weak: »a frail and sickly child. These words…seem too soon from a frail memory fallen away (R. Ellis). SYNONYM(S): delicate. 2. easily broken, giving way, damaged, or destroyed: »Be… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 15 frail — frail1 frailly, adv. frailness, n. /frayl/, adj., frailer, est. 1. having delicate health; not robust; weak: My grandfather is rather frail now. 2. easily broken or destroyed; fragile. 3. morally weak …

    Universalium

  • 16 frail — fragile, frail 1. Fragile is pronounced fraj iyl in BrE and fraj ǝl in AmE. 2. Fragile is normally used of things being easily broken, whereas frail is normally used of people being infirm or in poor physical condition: • The lectern at the… …

    Modern English usage

  • 17 Frail — Infobox Album | Name = Jars Of Clay Type = studio Longtype = (Demo) Artist = Jars Of Clay Released = 1994 Recorded = Greenville College Genre = Pop rock Length = 36:55 Label = Independent Producer = Tim Erwin, Stephen Leiweke, Jars Of Clay… …

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  • 18 frail */ — UK [freɪl] / US adjective Word forms frail : adjective frail comparative frailer superlative frailest 1) physically weak and not very healthy He is frail, but still manages to walk with a stick. 2) not strong and therefore likely to be damaged or …

    English dictionary

  • 19 Frail — Dale A. Frail ist ein kanadischer Radioastronom. Frail arbeitet für das National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Socorro, New Mexico. Er erhielt seinen Ph.D. von der University of Toronto 1989. Neben seiner Suche nach planetaren Körpern… …

    Deutsch Wikipedia

  • 20 frail — adj. VERBS ▪ be, look, seem ▪ become, get, grow ADVERB ▪ extremely, fairly …

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