having delicate health; not robust; weak: My grandfather is rather frail now.
easily broken or destroyed; fragile.
morally weak; easily tempted.
Older Slang: Sometimes Offensive.a girl or woman.
Origin: 1300–50;Middle Englishfrail(e), frel(e) < Old French < Latinfragilisfragile
Synonyms 1, 2. feeble; breakable, frangible. Frail, brittle, fragile imply a delicacy or weakness of substance or construction. Frail applies particularly to health and immaterial things: a frail constitution; frail hopes.Brittle implies a hard material that snaps or breaks to pieces easily: brittle as glass.Fragile implies that the object must be handled carefully to avoid breakage or damage: fragile bric-a-brac.
mid-14c., "morally weak," from O.Fr. frele, from L. fragilis "easily broken" (see fragility). Sense of "liable to break" is first recorded in English late 14c. The U.S. slang noun meaning "a woman" is attested from 1908.
n. a girl; a woman. (Underworld. Possibly rhyming slang twist and twirl = girl and frail frame = dame. Detective novels and movies.) : This good-looking twist comes over to the table and asks Lefty if he'd like to dance. , I'll shoot the frail if you don't hand it over!
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition. Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw Hill.
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He was frail, on two canes, but his blue eyes sparkled.
She understood it with every fiber of her indomitable spirit and every ounce of energy of her frail body.
Tells about a mild heart condition which left him frail in later years.
But no such frail beings come out of the hands of nature.
The tyrant cannot afford to become stooped, frail, and gray.
Yet some answer must be found to the escalating expense of looking after an increasingly old and frail population.
After almost two centuries, the flag's frail state became plain.
Grandma is still quite alert and lives in her own home, though she is obviously a little frail physically.
Life is complicated, the options of the marketplace are numerous, and the human intellect is frail.
There will, quite simply, cease to be a portion of the population that is frail and infirm as a result of age.