Brittle definitions

brĭt'l
Easily broken or shattered because hard and inflexible.
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Having a sharp, hard quality.

Brittle tones.

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Stiff and unbending in manner; lacking warmth.
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A brittle, crunchy candy made of sugar, butter, vanilla, etc. and nuts.

Peanut brittle.

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Brilliantly sharp, as in percussive sound.
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A confection of caramelized sugar to which nuts are added.

Walnut brittle.

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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.

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.

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Having a tendency to break when subject to high stress. Brittle materials have undergone very little strain when they reach their elastic limit, and tend to break at that limit.
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Inflexible, liable to break or snap easily under stress or pressure.

Cast iron is much more brittle than forged iron.

A diamond is hard but brittle.

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(archaeology) Said of rocks and minerals with a conchoidal fracture; capable of being knapped or flaked.
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Not physically tough or tenacious; apt to break or crumble when bending.
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Emotionally fragile, easily offended.

What a brittle personality! A little misunderstanding and he's an emotional wreck.

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Likely to break, snap, or crack, as when subjected to pressure.

Brittle bones.

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Easily damaged or disrupted; fragile.

A brittle friendship.

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Difficult to deal with; snappish.

A brittle disposition.

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Lacking warmth of feeling; cold.

A reputation for being brittle and aloof.

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Perishable.
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Fleeting; transitory.
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(informal, proscribed) Diabetes that is characterized by dramatic swings in blood sugar level.
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(uncountable) A confection of caramelized sugar and nuts.

As a child, my favorite candy was peanut brittle.

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(uncountable) Anything resembling this confection, such as flapjack, a cereal bar, etc.
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Origin of brittle

From Middle English britel, brutel, brotel (“brittle”), from Old English *brytel, *bryttol (“brittle, fragile”, literally “prone to or tending to break”), equivalent to brit +‎ -le. More at brit.