Alma Hitchcock, the times I saw her, was a frail, birdlike woman who looked angry about her infirmity.
He was by then so frail that most of us suspected that he could scale no further heights.
A new portrait—that of a frail octogenarian clinging to life—supplanted his carefully crafted persona of the vigilant warrior.
I had watched her shoot up into a slender but exquisitely formed woman from a frail, awkward child.
The vibrant work that Matisse built on the walls of his studio allowed him to escape his frail body.
Impulsively she reached out a strong brown hand and placed it lovingly over the frail one near her.
A fat beastly Negro swept by encircling the frail figure of a while girl.
What matters it that this frame of dust be frail, and of tiny size—still may it be the tenement of a lordly spirit.
All had to leap into the waves to save the frail boats from being broken on the stony beach.
On this, the Company's servants began the task of strengthening their frail defences.
mid-14c., "morally weak," from Old French fraile "weak, frail, sickly, infirm" (Modern French frêle), from Latin 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.
A woman, esp a young woman: in persuading frails to divulge what they know (1905+)