adjective, frailer, frailest.
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.
physically weak and delicate
fragile: a 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
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+)
[frahy-lair-oh; Spanish frahy-le-raw] /fraɪˈlɛər oʊ; Spanish fraɪˈlɛ rɔ/ noun, plural fraileros [frahy-lair-ohz; Spanish frahy-le-raws] /fraɪˈlɛər oʊz; Spanish fraɪˈlɛ rɔs/ (Show IPA). Spanish Furniture. 1. an armchair of the Renaissance, having a leather seat and a leather back stretched between plain wooden members and having a broad front stretcher.
[freyl-tee, frey-uh l-] /ˈfreɪl ti, ˈfreɪ əl-/ noun, plural frailties for 3. 1. the quality or state of being . 2. moral weakness; liability to yield to temptation. 3. a fault resulting from moral weakness: frailties of the human flesh. /ˈfreɪltɪ/ noun (pl) -ties 1. physical or moral weakness 2. (often pl) a fault symptomatic […]
[frez dy bwah] /frɛz dü ˈbwɑ/ noun, plural fraises du bois [frez dy bwah] /frɛz dü ˈbwɑ/ (Show IPA). French. 1. a wild strawberry.
[frahk-toor] /frɑkˈtur/ noun 1. Printing. German black-letter text, a style of type. 2. (usually lowercase). Also, fractur. /German frakˈtuːr/ noun 1. a style of typeface, formerly used in German typesetting for many printed works n. German black-lettering, 1886, from German Fraktur, from Latin fractura (see fracture (n.)); so called from its angular, “broken” letters. The […]