Origin of brickleMiddle English brikel, variant, variety of brokel, brittle from base of Old English brecan, to break
- (Appalachian or archaic or dialect) Alternative form of breakle.
From Middle English brikel, brekil, brukel (“easily broken or shattered”), from Old English *brycel, *brucol (as in hūsbrycel (“burglarious”, literally “house-breaking”), scipbrucol (“destructive to shipping, causing shipwreck”, literally “ship-breaking”), equivalent to break + -le. See also breakle.
- (Canada, dialect) To fail spectacularly
From the Bricklin, a failed automobile