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brit·tle

 (brĭt′l)
adj. brit·tler, brit·tlest
1.
a. Likely to break, snap, or crack, as when subjected to pressure: brittle bones.
b. Easily damaged or disrupted; fragile: a brittle friendship. See Synonyms at fragile.
2.
a. Difficult to deal with; snappish: a brittle disposition.
b. Lacking warmth of feeling; cold: a reputation for being brittle and aloof.
3. Brilliantly sharp, as in percussive sound.
4.
a. Perishable.
b. Fleeting; transitory.
n.
A confection of caramelized sugar to which nuts are added: walnut brittle.

[Middle English britel, probably from Old English *brytel, from bryttian, to shatter.]

brit′tle·ly (brĭt′l-ē) adv.
brit′tle·ness n.

brittle

(ˈbrɪtəl)
adj
1. easily cracked, snapped, or broken; fragile
2. curt or irritable: a brittle reply.
3. hard or sharp in quality
n
(Cookery) a crunchy sweet made with treacle and nuts: peanut brittle.
[C14: from Old English brytel (unattested); related to brytsen fragment, brēotan to break]
ˈbrittlely, ˈbrittly adv

brit•tle

(ˈbrɪt l)

adj. -tler, -tlest, adj.
1. having hardness and rigidity but little tensile strength; breaking readily with a comparatively smooth fracture, as glass.
2. easily damaged or destroyed; fragile; frail.
3. lacking warmth, sensitivity, or compassion; cold.
4. having a sharp, tense quality: a brittle tone of voice.
5. unstable or impermanent; evanescent.
n.
6. a confection of melted sugar, usu. with nuts, brittle when cooled.
v.i.
7. to be or become brittle.
[1350–1400; Middle English britel]
brit′tle•ness, n.
syn: See frail1.

brit·tle

(brĭt′l)
Likely to break, snap, or crack. Compare ductile.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brittle - caramelized sugar cooled in thin sheetsbrittle - caramelized sugar cooled in thin sheets
candy, confect - a rich sweet made of flavored sugar and often combined with fruit or nuts
peanut brittle - brittle containing peanuts
Adj.1.brittle - having little elasticity; hence easily cracked or fractured or snapped; "brittle bones"; "glass is brittle"; "`brickle' and `brickly' are dialectal"
breakable - capable of being broken or damaged; "earthenware pottery is breakable"; "breakable articles should be packed carefully"
2.brittle - lacking warmth and generosity of spirit; "a brittle and calculating woman"
coldhearted - lacking in sympathy or feeling
3.brittle - (of metal or glass) not annealed and consequently easily cracked or fractured
unhardened, untempered - not brought to a proper consistency or hardness; "untempered mortar"; "untempered steel"

brittle

adjective
2. tense, nervous, edgy, stiff, wired (slang), irritable, curt a brittle man

brittle

adjective
Easily broken or damaged:
Translations
قَصيمٌ، سَريعُ الأنكِسار
křehkýlámavýpřecitlivělýcitlivý
skør
stökkur, brothættur
dužustrapumastrapus
trauslsviegli plīstošs
krhek
kolay kırılır

brittle

[ˈbrɪtl] ADJ (brittler (compar) (brittlest (superl))) → quebradizo

brittle

[ˈbrɪtəl] adj
[hair, nails] → cassant(e), fragile
to have brittle bones → avoir de l'ostéoporose
[object, substance] → cassant(e)brittle-bone disease [ˌbrɪtəlˈbəʊn] nostéoporose f

brittle

adj
spröde, zerbrechlich; old paperbröcklig; biscuitmürbe; brittle bonesschwache Knochen
(fig) nervesschwach; personempfindlich; voice, laughschrill; to have a brittle temperaufbrausend sein

brittle

[ˈbrɪtl] adjfragile

brittle

(ˈbritl) adjective
hard but easily broken. brittle materials.
ˈbrittleness noun

brittle

adj (nails, etc.) frágil, quebradizo; (diabetes) difícil de controlar
References in classic literature ?
I shouldn't wonder if it was,' exclaimed Brittles, catching at the idea.
These are, first, such as have brittle wits, the edge whereof is soon turned; such as was Hermogenes the rhetorician, whose books are exceeding subtle; who afterwards waxed stupid.
True, from the unmarred dead body of the whale, you may scrape off with your hand an infinitely thin, transparent substance, somewhat resembling the thinnest shreds of isinglass, only it is almost as flexible and soft as satin; that is, previous to being dried, when it not only contracts and thickens, but becomes rather hard and brittle.
Cast iron is very brittle, though," replied Morgan.
I was wrong to make you as I did, for a more useless, conceited and brittle thing never before existed.
Now, my boy, times have changed," Del Mar addressed him in cold, brittle tones.
The brittle blue line had withstood the blows and won.
As soon as we got home she flew to the little box upstairs where she kept her treasures, and brought therefrom the dry and brittle wishbone.
Laura Lean Jibbey, peanut brittle, a little almond cream on the neck muscles, dishes unwashed, half an hour's talk with the iceman, reading a package of old letters, a couple of pickles and two bottles of malt extract, one hour peeking through a hole in the window shade into the flat across the air-shaft--that's about all there is to it.