If it's delicate and easily broken, like a rare glass vase or the feelings of an overly emotional friend, it's certainly fragile.

Back in the 1500s, fragile implied moral weakness. Then around 1600, its definition broadened to mean “liable to break.” It wasn’t until the 19th century that the word started to mean “frail” and was used to describe people. Today we use it to describe things like spider webs, unstable political systems, and insecure egos. Synonyms include flimsy, vulnerable, and brittle.

Definitions of fragile

adj easily broken or damaged or destroyed

fragile porcelain plates”
fragile old bones”
delicate, frail
capable of being broken or damaged

adj vulnerably delicate

“she has the fragile beauty of youth”
exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury

adj lacking substance or significance

“a fragile claim to fame”
flimsy, slight, tenuous, thin
insignificant, unimportant
devoid of importance, meaning, or force

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