Meaning of BRITTLE in English

BRITTLE

/ ˈbrɪtl; NAmE / adjective

1.

hard but easily broken :

brittle bones / nails

2.

a brittle mood or state of mind is one that appears to be happy or strong but is actually nervous and easily damaged :

a brittle temperament

3.

( of a sound ) hard and sharp in an unpleasant way :

a brittle laugh

►  brittle·ness noun [ U ]

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WORD ORIGIN

late Middle English , ultimately of Germanic origin and related to Old English brēotan break up .

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