Meaning of BRITTLE in English


I. ˈbri-t ə l adjective

( brit·tler ˈbrit-lər, ˈbri-t ə l-ər ; brit·tlest -ləst, -t ə l-əst)

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

Date: 14th century


a. : easily broken, cracked, or snapped

brittle clay

brittle glass

b. : easily disrupted, overthrown, or damaged : frail

a brittle friendship


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 ˈbri-t ə l-(l)ē adverb

• brit·tle·ness ˈbri-t ə l-nəs noun

II. noun

Date: 1913

: a candy made with caramelized sugar and nuts spread in thin sheets

peanut brittle

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.