- 1(Of a person) weak and delicate: his small, frail body she looked frail and vulnerableMore example sentences
- During the day the bus takes vulnerable and frail people on shopping trips and outings.
- We are bombarded with images of elderly people being frail and sickly.
- He was desperately frail, too weak to move his limbs but still strong enough to let out that cry which tears at every human heart.
- 1.1Easily damaged or broken; weak: the balcony is frail the country’s frail economyMore example sentences
- Reviewers and critics frequently refuse to be honest about Australian movies because they believe this will damage the frail home industry.
- With the numerous difficulties the country is experiencing due to the frail economy, Zambia has depended on such close allies to surmount her difficulties.
- Markets will continue to wait for war and, in the process, further slow down an already frail economy.
- 1.2 • archaic Weak in character or morals.More example sentences
- If you use it then you will likely to be perceived as brave or the opposite of coward or frail.
- That's what public relations propaganda is all about - conning frail, vain humans.
- People are frail and make stupid mistakes and one kiss in a bar is not the end of the world, especially when she feels so bad about it.
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- A woman.More example sentences
- Cosmetic manufacturers will never go out of business because the frails will always want to look like portraits of the women they believe we dream about.
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- That was the question wavering frailly on my mind as I slid down the back of the wall and broke out in uncontrollable sobs.
- Occasionally I came upon a precocious spray of Dutchman's breeches, or wild bleedingheart, hung frailly with delicately transparent shell-like blossoms.
- Throughout his triumphs and scandals, and everything in between, he comes across as completely genuine and frailly human.
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- To those who met him from at least the 1960s onward, he already appeared a frail individual, but his frailness belied his determination and toughness.
- Amara studied the woman, her ancient yet wise face, the frailness of her limbs contradicting the underlying strength embedded in them.
- Taking a deep breath, he began, the frailness of his voice alarming him.
Middle English: from Old French fraile, from Latin fragilis (see fragile).