Meaning of BRITTLE in English


[brit.tle] adj brit.tler ; brit.tlest [ME britil; akin to OE breotan to break, ON brjota] (14c) 1 a: easily broken, cracked, or snapped "~ clay" "~ glass" b: easily disrupted, overthrown, or damaged: frail "a ~ friendship"

2. a: perishable, mortal b: transitory, evanescent

3: easily hurt or offended: sensitive "a ~ personality"

4: sharp "~ staccato of snare drums"

5: lacking warmth, depth, or generosity of spirit: cold "a ~ selfish person"

6: affected with or being a form of diabetes characterized by large and unpredictable fluctuations in blood glucose level syn see fragile -- adv -- brit.tle.ness n

[2]brittle n (1913): a candy made with caramelized sugar and nuts spread in thin sheets "peanut ~"

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