Definition of frail adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//freɪl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//freɪl//
    (frailer, frailest) Poor health
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  1. 1(especially of an old person) physically weak and thin Mother was becoming too frail to live alone. Wordfindercare home, dementia, frail, geriatric, mobility, the old, pensioner, retire, sprightly, widow See related entries: Poor health
  2. 2weak; easily damaged or broken the frail stems of the flowers Human nature is frail.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French fraile, from Latin fragilis, from frangere ‘to break’.Extra examples She looked old and frail. Some old people become physically frail. His frail hands were shaking. women caring for frail elderly relatives
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