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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: fraile, from Latin fragilis, from frangere 'to break'

frail

adjective
     
frail
1 someone who is frail is weak and thin because they are old or ill:
2 something that is frail is easily damaged or broken [= fragile]:
It seemed impossible that these frail boats could survive in such a storm.
the country's frail economy
WORD FOCUS: weak WORD FOCUS: weak
person: puny, feeble, weedy British English, frail, fragile, powerless, vulnerable

thing: fragile, delicate, flimsy, rickety, badly made, jerry-built


See also
weak

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