• IPA: /ˈbɹɪtl̩/

brittle (comparative brittler, superlative brittlest)

  1. 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.
  2. Not physically tough or tenacious; apt to break or crumble when bending.
    Shortbread is my favorite cold pastry, yet being so brittle it crumbles easily, and a lot goes to waste.
  3. (archaeology) Said of rocks and minerals with a conchoidal fracture; capable of being knapped or flaked.
  4. Emotionally fragile, easily offended.
    What a brittle personality! A little misunderstanding and he's an emotional wreck.
  5. (informal, proscribed) Diabetes that is characterized by dramatic swings in blood sugar level.
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  • German: reizbar, kühl
  • Russian: чувстви́тельный

brittle (uncountable)

  1. A confection of caramelized sugar and nuts.
    As a child, my favorite candy was peanut brittle.
  2. Anything resembling this confection, such as flapjack, a cereal bar, etc.
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