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brittle

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adjective brit·tle \ˈbri-təl\

Definition of brittle

brittler

play \ˈbrit-lər, ˈbri-təl-ər\;

brittlest

play \-ləst, -təl-əst\
  1. 1a :  easily broken, cracked, or snapped brittle clay brittle glassb :  easily disrupted, overthrown, or damaged :  frail a brittle friendship

  2. 2a :  perishable, mortalb :  transitory, evanescent

  3. 3 :  easily hurt or offended :  sensitive a brittle personality

  4. 4 :  sharp the brittle staccato of snare drums

  5. 5 :  lacking warmth, depth, or generosity of spirit :  cold a brittle selfish person

  6. 6 medical :  affected with or being a form of type 1 diabetes characterized by large and unpredictable fluctuations in blood glucose level

brittlely

play \ˈbri-təl-(l)ē\ adverb

brittleness

play \ˈbri-təl-nəs\ noun

Examples of brittle in a Sentence

  1. a brittle cracker that turned into crumbs in my pocket

  2. a brittle apology that was anything but heartfelt

Origin and Etymology of brittle

Middle English britil; akin to Old English brēotan to break, Old Norse brjōta


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of brittle

fragile, frangible, brittle, crisp, friable mean breaking easily. fragile implies extreme delicacy of material or construction and need for careful handling. a fragile antique chair frangible implies susceptibility to being broken without implying weakness or delicacy. frangible stone used for paving brittle implies hardness together with lack of elasticity or flexibility or toughness. brittle bones crisp implies a firmness and brittleness desirable especially in some foods. crisp lettuce friable applies to substances that are easily crumbled or pulverized. friable soil

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brittle

noun brit·tle

Definition of brittle

  1. :  a candy made with caramelized sugar and nuts spread in thin sheets peanut brittle

Origin and Etymology of brittle

see 1brittle


First Known Use: 1892


BRITTLE Defined for English Language Learners

brittle

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adjective

Definition of brittle for English Language Learners

  • : easily broken or cracked

  • : not strong : easily damaged

  • : sharp in sound


BRITTLE Defined for Kids

brittle

play
adjective brit·tle \ˈbri-təl\

Definition of brittle for Students

brittler

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brittlest

  1. :  hard but easily broken brittle glass

brittleness

noun

Medical Dictionary

brittle

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adjective brit·tle \ˈbrit-əl\

Medical Definition of brittle

  1. :  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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