frail

Something that is delicate and fragile can be described as frail. Grandma's favorite vase is probably too frail to use for football practice; some of us have learned that the hard way.

Frail can also be used to describe a person's physical condition: "When I broke my grandmother's vase, she yelled in a voice so loud that it was hard to believe it was coming from her small, frail frame." Another way to use frail is in reference to a person's emotional state. As the poet Sylvia Plath astutely observed, "How frail the human heart must be."

Primary Meanings of frail

1.
adj
physically weak
2.
n
a basket for holding dried fruit (especially raisins or figs)
Full Definitions of frail
1

adj physically weak

“an invalid's frail body”
Synonyms:
delicate
exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury
debile, decrepit, feeble, infirm, rickety, sapless, weak, weakly
lacking bodily or muscular strength or vitality
light-boned
having a bone structure that is light with respect to the surrounding flesh
weak
wanting in physical strength
Antonyms:
robust
sturdy and strong in form, constitution, or construction
rugged
sturdy and strong in constitution or construction; enduring
healthy
having or indicating good health in body or mind; free from infirmity or disease
beefy, buirdly, burly, husky, strapping
muscular and heavily built
big-boned
having a bone structure that is massive in contrast with the surrounding flesh
big-chested, chesty
marked by a large or well-developed chest
big-shouldered, broad-shouldered, square-shouldered
having broad shoulders
cast-iron, iron
extremely robust
hardy, stalwart, stout, sturdy
having rugged physical strength; inured to fatigue or hardships
hardy
able to survive under unfavorable weather conditions
half-hardy
(of plants) requiring protection from frost
heavy-armed
having massive arms
square-built
broad and solidly built
vigorous
strong and active physically or mentally
strong
having strength or power greater than average or expected
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adj easily broken or damaged or destroyed

“a frail craft”
Synonyms:
delicate, fragile
breakable
capable of being broken or damaged

adj wanting in moral strength, courage, or will; having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beings

frail humanity”
Synonyms:
fallible, imperfect, weak
human
having human form or attributes as opposed to those of animals or divine beings
2

n a basket for holding dried fruit (especially raisins or figs)

Type of:
basket, handbasket
a container that is usually woven and has handles

n the weight of a frail (basket) full of raisins or figs; between 50 and 75 pounds

Type of:
weight, weight unit
a unit used to measure weight

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