frail frail  /f ˈreɪl/


  1. (n) the weight of a frail (basket) full of raisins or figs; between 50 and 75 pounds
  2. (n) a basket for holding dried fruit (especially raisins or figs)
  3. (adj) physically weak
  4. (adj) wanting in moral strength, courage, or will; having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beings
  5. (adj) easily broken or damaged or destroyed



  1. At times, the frail author slept 16 hours a day, waking for a few hours to write, then dozing again.
  2. Being frail or elderly is not an excuse to be a couch potato.
  3. Guillaume Schneiter, a frail sexagenarian who described himself as a professional inventor, was one of the trespassers.


  1. Lipari Foods Recalls Sunflower Seeds and Snack Mixes Because of Possible Health Risk

    Lipari Foods of Warren, MI is recalling Raw Sunflower Seeds, Roasted Sunflower Seeds and Snack Mixes, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: U. S. Food and Drug Administration

  2. Argentine ex-President Menem could face 7 years in prison for arms smuggling

    BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Former Argentine President Carlos Menem received a seven-year prison sentence for arms smuggling to Croatia and Ecuador in the 1990s, but he will not be jailed unless his fellow senators strip him of immunity, a court said on Thursday. Menem, now a frail 82-year-old senator, was found guilty in March of being "co-author of the offense of aggravated contraband" in an ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  3. Story

    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Hope was shifting to resignation about Nelson Mandela's frail health Monday as the anti-apartheid hero remained in hospital with a lung infection for a third day.
    on June 10, 2013     Source: MSN


  1. "It is clear that the financial system, although improved from where it was in September, is still frail," Obama said, a few hours after seeking Bush's help in requesting the money.
    on Jan 12, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. Speaking at the time, Mr Wicks said: "We've got an ageing population with many people frail and many suffering from dementia, including Alzheimer's. How can we get the balance right so that these people have the freedom to live their lives, to go...
    on Dec 26, 2007 By: Malcolm Wicks Source: Peterborough Evening Telegraph

  3. "We are all frail as humans. Sometimes not as much as others," Lakers head coach Phil Jackson said about Bryant's failure to pull the club to the finish line down the stretch.
    on Jun 9, 2009 By: Phil Jackson Source: USA Today

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