- 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 term used to refer to a girl or woman.
Origin of frail1
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Examples from the Web for frailer
He looked leaner and frailer and less robustious than of old.The Prairie Mother
He looked wistful, and frailer at the end of the evening than he had at the beginning.Play the Game!
Ruth Comfort Mitchell
The other man, who was much younger and frailer, had a thin, clean-shaven face.Dubliners
Straws were straws, and the frailer they were the harder she clutched them.The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Complete
Then, out of sympathy for the frailer girl, she too shuddered.A Ticket to Adventure
Roy J. Snell
- physically weak and delicate
- fragilea frail craft
- easily corrupted or tempted
- a rush basket for figs or raisins
- a quantity of raisins or figs equal to between 50 and 75 pounds
Word Origin and History for frailer
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.