March 05, 2017
- frail (adjective)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : easily led into evil2 : fragile3 : not having normal strength or force
- How do you use it?
- "One after another now seven houses had risen, the frail wooden houses of fisherfolk that the big wave could lift like toys and crush and throw away." (Pearl S. Buck, _The Big Wave_)
- Are you a word wiz?
What are two synonyms of "frail"?You've got a strong sense of synonymy if you chose C! "Frail," "infirm," and "decrepit" all mean not strong enough to endure strain, pressure, or hard effort. "Frail," our word for today, implies that the object is fragile or delicate by nature. ("He was too frail as a child to spend much time outdoors.") "Infirm" suggests an instability or weakened state due to old age or a very serious illness. ("Her bout with polio left her infirm at the age of 10.") "Decrepit" implies that someone or something is broken down or worn out from long use or old age. ("They finally tore down the decrepit shopping mall that was falling apart.")