Definition of Frail

1. Noun. The weight of a frail (basket) full of raisins or figs; between 50 and 75 pounds.

Generic synonyms: Weight, Weight Unit



2. Adjective. Physically weak. "An invalid's frail body"
Also: Delicate, Weak
Similar to: Debile, Decrepit, Feeble, Infirm, Rickety, Sapless, Weak, Weakly, Light-boned
Derivative terms: Frailness
Antonyms: Robust

3. Noun. A basket for holding dried fruit (especially raisins or figs).
Generic synonyms: Basket, Handbasket

4. Adjective. Wanting in moral strength, courage, or will; having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beings. "Frail humanity"
Exact synonyms: Fallible, Imperfect, Weak
Similar to: Human
Derivative terms: Imperfectness

5. Adjective. Easily broken or damaged or destroyed. "A frail craft"
Exact synonyms: Delicate, Fragile
Similar to: Breakable
Derivative terms: Fragility

Definition of Frail

1. n. A basket made of rushes, used chiefly for containing figs and raisins.

2. a. Easily broken; fragile; not firm or durable; liable to fail and perish; easily destroyed; not tenacious of life; weak; infirm.

Definition of Frail

1. Adjective. Easily broken; mentally or physically fragile; not firm or durable; liable to fail and perish; easily destroyed; not tenacious of life; weak; infirm. ¹

2. Adjective. Liable to fall from virtue or be led into sin; not strong against temptation; weak in resolution; unchaste. ¹

3. Noun. A basket made of rushes, used chiefly for containing figs and raisins. ¹

4. Noun. The quantity of raisins contained in a frail. ¹

5. Noun. A rush for weaving baskets. ¹

6. Noun. (context: dated slang possibly offensive) A girl. ¹

7. Verb. To play a stringed instrument, usually a banjo, by picking with the back of a fingernail. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Frail

1. fragile [adj FRAILER, FRAILEST] : FRAILLY [adv] / a basket for holding dried fruits [n -S] - See also: fragile

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Literary usage of Frail

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1. Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern by Charles Dudley Warner (1896)
"frail COME TO AN UNDERSTANDING From 'Love for Love* Scene: — A Room in the ... frail — What have you to do to watch me? 'Slife, I'll do what I please. ..."

2. The British Drama: Comprehending the Best Plays in the English Language by Sir Walter Scott, Walter Scott (1804)
"Mrs frail. I thought you would give me something that would he a trouble ... Mrs frail. Pooh ! no, I thank you, I have enough to do to take care of my own. ..."

3. A Dictionary of Similes by Frank Jenners Wilstach (1916)
"frail as a sigh. — SYDNEY DOBELL. frail as the web that misty night has spun. ... frail as a flake of snow. — AJ RYAN. frail As May's first lily in a ..."

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