- IPA: /ˈbɹɪtl̩/
brittle (comparative brittler, superlative brittlest)
- 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.
- 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.
- (archaeology) Said of rocks and minerals with a conchoidal fracture; capable of being knapped or flaked.
- Emotionally fragile, easily offended.
- What a brittle personality! A little misunderstanding and he's an emotional wreck.
- (informal, proscribed) Diabetes that is characterized by dramatic swings in blood sugar level.
- French: fragile
- German: spröde, brüchig, bröckelig, mürbe, morsch
- Italian: fragile
- Russian: хру́пкий
- Spanish: frágil, quebradizo, friable
- A confection of caramelized sugar and nuts.
- As a child, my favorite candy was peanut brittle.
- Anything resembling this confection, such as flapjack, a cereal bar, etc.