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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun frail
A basket made of rushes, used chiefly for containing figs and raisins.
  1. The quantity of raisins -- about thirty-two, fifty-six, or seventy-five pounds, -- contained in a frail.
  2. A rush for weaving baskets.

Etymology: OE. fraiel fraile, OF. fraiel freel frael, fr. LL. fraellum

adjective frail
  1. Easily broken; fragile; not firm or durable; liable to fail and perish; easily destroyed; not tenacious of life; weak; infirm."That I may know how frail I am." [Ps. xxxix. 4.]"An old bent man, worn and frail." [Lowell.]
  2. Tender.(Obs)"Deep indignation and compassion frail." [Spenser.]
  3. Liable to fall from virtue or be led into sin; not strong against temptation; weak in resolution; also, unchaste; -- often applied to fallen women."Man is frail, and prone to evil." [Jer. Taylor.]

Etymology: OE. frele freile, OF. fraile frele, F. frêle, fr. L. fragilis. See Fragile

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A basket for holding dried fruit (especially raisins or figs)
  2. The weight of a frail (basket) full of raisins or figs; between 50 and 75 pounds
  3. Easily broken or damaged or destroyed ("a frail craft")
  4. Wanting in moral strength, courage, or will; having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beings ("frail humanity")
  5. Physically weak ("an invalid's frail body")

From Old French fraile, from Latin fragilis. Cognate to fraction, fracture, and fragile.

  1. A basket made of rushes, used chiefly for containing figs and raisins.
  2. The quantity of raisins contained in a frail.
  3. A rush for weaving baskets.
  4. (dated, slang) A girl.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Frail

Stephen Frail is a soccer player for the Dundee F.C., Heart of Midlothian F.C., Tranmere Rovers F.C., St Johnstone F.C., and Greenock Morton F.C. Stephen was born on August 10th, 1969 in Glasgow.


Joe Frail was a soccer player for the Port Vale F.C., Glossop North End A.F.C., Derby County F.C., Chatham Town F.C., Middlesbrough F.C., Luton Town F.C., Brentford F.C., Stalybridge Rovers F.C., and Stockport County F.C. Joe was born in Burslem. He left this life on September 4th, 1939.


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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Frail U.S.
  White 93.73% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.71% 16.26%

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People with the last name Frail are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Frail

  • How Popular is the name Frail? As a last name Frail was the 75,564th most popular name in 2010.
  • How unique is the name Frail? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Frail was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
  • Weird things about the name Frail: Your name in reverse order is Liarf. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lifra. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Frail? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 255 people with the last name Frail.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Frail? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Frail as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.1m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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