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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
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