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: Middle 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
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