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.
1, 2. sturdy.
This term is sometimes perceived as insulting or condescending when used to refer to a woman, since it reinforces the stereotype of a weak female.
a flexible basket made of rushes, used especially for dried fruits, as dates, figs, or raisins.
a certain quantity of raisins, about 75 pounds (34 kg), contained in such a basket.
Origin of frail2
1300–50;Middle Englishfrayel, fraelle < Old Frenchfrayel < ?
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.