Easily broken; mentally or physically fragile; not firm or durable; liable to fail and perish; easily destroyed; not tenacious of life; weak; infirm.
Liable to fall from virtue or be led into sin; not strong against temptation; weak in resolution; unchaste.
A basket made of rushes, used chiefly for containing figs and raisins.
The quantity of raisins contained in a frail.
A rush for weaving baskets.
(dated, slang) A girl.
* 1931 , (Cab Calloway) / (Irving Mills), ‘Minnie the Moocher’:
* 1933 , , , edition 1, Book 2, Chapter XXII:
- She was the roughest, toughest frail , but Minnie had a heart as big as a whale.
* 1939 , (Raymond Chandler), The Big Sleep , Penguin 2011, p. 148:
- There were five people in the Quirinal bar after dinner, a high-class Italian frail who sat on a stool making persistent conversation against the bartender's bored: “Si ... Si ... Si,” a light, snobbish Egyptian who was lonely but chary of the woman, and the two Americans.
* 1941 , Preston Sturges, '', published in ''Five Screenplays , ISBN 0-520-05442-4, page 77:
- ‘She's pickin' 'em tonight, right on the nose,’ he said. ‘That tall black-headed frail .’
- Sullivan, the girl and the butler get to the ground. The girl wears a turtle-neck sweater, a cap slightly sideways, a torn coat, turned-up pants and sneakers.
- SULLIVAN Why don't you go back with the car... You look about as much like a boy as .
- THE GIRL All right, they'll think I'm your frail .
To play a stringed instrument, usually a banjo, by picking with the back of a fingernail.
Capable of making mistakes or being wrong.