Meaning of BRITTLE in English

BRITTLE

adj.

Pronunciation: ' bri-t ə l

Function: adjective

Inflected Form: brit · tler \ ' brit-l ə r, ' bri-t ə l- ə r \ ; brit · tlest \ -l ə st, -t ə l- ə st \

Etymology: Middle English britil; akin to Old English br ē otan to break, Old Norse brj ō ta

Date: 14th century

1 a : easily broken, cracked, or snapped < brittle clay> < brittle glass> b : easily disrupted, overthrown, or damaged : FRAIL <a brittle friendship>

2 a : PERISHABLE , MORTAL b : TRANSITORY , EVANESCENT

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

synonyms see FRAGILE

– brit · tle · ly \ ' bri-t ə l-(l) ē \ adverb

– brit · tle · ness \ ' bri-t ə l-n ə s \ noun

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.