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Meaning of FRAIL

Pronunciation:  freyl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a basket for holding dried fruit (especially raisins or figs)
  2. [n]  the weight of a frail (basket) full of raisins or figs; between 50 and 75 pounds
  3. [adj]  easily broken or damaged or destroyed; "a kite too delicate to fly safely"; "fragile porcelain plates"; "fragile old bones"; "a frail craft"
  4. [adj]  having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beings; "I'm only human"; "frail humanity"
  5. [adj]  physically weak; "an invalid's frail body"

FRAIL is a 5 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: breakable, decrepit, delicate, fallible, feeble, fragile, human, imperfect, infirm, sapless, weak, weakly
 Antonyms: robust
 See Also: basket, handbasket, unhealthy, weight, weight unit



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Frail\, n. [OE. fraiel, fraile, OF. fraiel, freel, frael,
    fr. LL. fraellum.]
    A basket made of rushes, used chiefly for containing figs and
    2. The quantity of raisins -- about thirty-two, fifty-six, or
       seventy-five pounds, -- contained in a frail.
    3. A rush for weaving baskets. --Johnson.
  2. \Frail\, a. [Compar. {Frailer}; 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; not tenacious of life;
       weak; infirm.
             That I may know how frail I am.       --Ps. xxxix.
             An old bent man, worn and frail.      --Lowell.
    2. Tender. [Obs.]
             Deep indignation and compassion.      --Spenser.
    3. Liable to fall from virtue or be led into sin; not strong
       against temptation; weak in resolution; also, unchaste; --
       often applied to fallen women.
             Man is frail, and prone to evil.      --Jer. Taylor.
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