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."

Definitions of frail
  1. adjective
    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
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    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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  2. adjective
    easily broken or damaged or destroyed
    “a frail craft”
    synonyms: delicate, fragile
    breakable
    capable of being broken or damaged
  3. adjective
    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
  4. noun
    a basket for holding dried fruit (especially raisins or figs)
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    type of:
    basket, handbasket
    a container that is usually woven and has handles
  5. noun
    the weight of a frail (basket) full of raisins or figs; between 50 and 75 pounds
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    type of:
    weight, weight unit
    a unit used to measure weight
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