Meaning of BRITTLE in English


■ adjective

1》 hard but liable to break easily.

2》 (of a voice) unpleasantly hard and sharp and showing signs of nervousness or instability.

■ noun a ~ sweet made from nuts and set melted sugar.


~ly (or brittly ) adverb

~ness noun


ME, ult. of Gmc origin and related to OE brēotan 'break up'.

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