[fraj-uh l; British fraj-ahyl]
- 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
Synonyms for fragile
1. See frail1.
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- able to be broken easily
- in a weakened physical state
- delicate; lighta fragile touch
- slight; tenuousa fragile link with the past
Word Origin for fragile
C17: from Latin fragilis, from frangere to break
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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.
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