easily broken, shattered, or damaged; delicate; brittle; frail: a fragile ceramic container; a very fragile alliance.
vulnerably delicate, as in appearance: She has a fragile beauty.
lacking in substance or force; flimsy: a fragile excuse.
Origin of fragile
1505–15; < Latinfragilis, equivalent to frag- (variant stem of frangere to break) + -ilis-ile
Related formsfrag·ile·ly, adverbfra·gil·i·ty[fruh-jil-i-tee]/frəˈdʒɪl ɪ ti/, frag·ile·ness, nounnon·frag·ile, adjectivenon·frag·ile·ly, adverbnon·frag·ile·ness, nounnon·fra·gil·i·ty, nouno·ver·frag·ile, adjectiveun·frag·ile, adjectiveCan be confusedbrittlefragilefrail1 (see synonym study at frail1)
1510s, "liable to sin, morally weak;" c.1600, "liable to break;" a back-formation from fragility, or else from Middle French fragile (14c.), from Latin fragilis (see fragility). Transferred sense of "frail" (of persons) is from 1858.