Brittle is defined as something hard but prone to cracking or breaking, or refers to an unpleasant and sharp laugh or to a person or behavior that appears hostile but is often driven by nerves.adjective
- A person with osteoporosis is an example of someone who might have brittle bones.
- A high pitched, sharp laugh is an example of a brittle laugh.
- A person with a rigid and mean personality who is really just nervous on the inside is an example of someone who is brittle.
- easily broken or shattered because hard and inflexible
- having a sharp, hard quality: brittle tones
- stiff and unbending in manner; lacking warmth
Origin: ME britel < OE breotan, to break to pieces; akin to ON brjota < IE *bhreu- < base *bher-, to cut with a sharp point
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adjective brit·tler, brit·tlest
- a. Likely to break, snap, or crack, as when subjected to pressure: brittle bones.b. Easily damaged or disrupted; fragile: a brittle friendship. See Synonyms at fragile.
- a. Difficult to deal with; snappish: a brittle disposition.b. Lacking warmth of feeling; cold: a reputation for being brittle and aloof.
- Brilliantly sharp, as in percussive sound.
- a. Perishable.b. Fleeting; transitory.
Origin: Middle English britel, probably from Old English *brytel, from bryttian, to shatter.
- britˈtle·ly adverb
- britˈtle·ness noun
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