brittle


1brit·tle

adjective \ˈbri-təl\

: easily broken or cracked

: not strong : easily damaged

: sharp in sound

brit·tler \ˈbrit-lər, ˈbri-təl-ər\ brit·tlest \-ləst, -təl-əst\

Full Definition of BRITTLE

1
a :  easily broken, cracked, or snapped <brittle clay> <brittle glass>
b :  easily disrupted, overthrown, or damaged :  frail <a brittle friendship>
3
:  easily hurt or offended :  sensitive <a brittle personality>
4
:  sharp <the brittle staccato of snare drums>
5
:  lacking warmth, depth, or generosity of spirit :  cold <a brittle selfish person>
6
:  affected with or being a form of type 1 diabetes characterized by large and unpredictable fluctuations in blood glucose level
brit·tle·ly \ˈbri-təl-(l)ē\ adverb
brit·tle·ness \ˈbri-təl-nəs\ noun

Examples of BRITTLE

  1. <a brittle cracker that turned into crumbs in my pocket>
  2. <a brittle apology that was anything but heartfelt>

Origin of BRITTLE

Middle English britil; akin to Old English brēotan to break, Old Norse brjōta
First Known Use: 14th century

2brittle

noun

Definition of BRITTLE

:  a candy made with caramelized sugar and nuts spread in thin sheets <peanut brittle>

First Known Use of BRITTLE

1913

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel

Rhymes with BRITTLE

brit·tle

adjective \ˈbrit-əl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BRITTLE

: affected with or being a form of type 1 diabetes characterized by large and unpredictable fluctuations in blood glucose level <brittle diabetes> <a brittle diabetic>

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