(comparative more brittly, superlative most brittly)
- Alternative form of brittlely.
Variant of brittle
- easily broken or shattered because hard and inflexible
- having a sharp, hard quality: brittle tones
- stiff and unbending in manner; lacking warmth
Origin of brittleMiddle English britel ; from Old English breotan, to break to pieces; akin to Old Norse brjota ; from Indo-European an unverified form bhreu- ; from base an unverified form bher-, to cut with a sharp point
a brittle, crunchy candy with nuts in it: peanut brittle