adjective, brit·tler, brit·tlest.
verb (used without object), brit·tled, brit·tling.
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Contemporary Examples of brittle
Instead of being strong and resilient, bones become weak and brittle.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
Brittle egos are bolstered less by what they love about themselves than what they find contemptible in others.Why Boring Names Are Best
March 4, 2013
Her many style tics—stacked one atop the other—read as code for narcissism, self-indulgence, and brittle self-absorption.Newt Gingrich's Wife Callista's Prissy Style Problem
December 13, 2011
“Petulant,” “brittle” and “very very mean” are all words Isaacson used to describe Jobs at times.Best Bits From the Steve Jobs Bio
October 24, 2011
Cook at 425 degrees for about 10 minutes or broil quickly until the brittle has melted to give a smooth covering.Sweet Brits
April 4, 2011
Historical Examples of brittle
The battery has rubber jars which are brittle, and which are easily broken.The Automobile Storage Battery
O. A. Witte
Aunt Adela, Rachel thought, was far too dried and brittle to risk any sharp contact with anything.The Duchess of Wrexe
The heat caused it to soften; then fermentation set in, and, finally, it became as hard and brittle as thin glass.Great Fortunes, and How They Were Made
James D. McCabe, Jr.
The Scythe is an emblem of time, which cuts the brittle thread of life and launches us into eternity.
Still it comes to something in their likeness, but we will not talk of it and break off the chrystals—they are so brittle, then?The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846
Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett
Word Origin for brittle
late 14c., britel, perhaps from an unrecorded Old English adjective *brytel, related to brytan "to crush, pound, to break to pieces," from Proto-Germanic stem *brutila- "brittle," from *breutan "to break up" (cf. Old Norse brjota "to break," Old High German brodi "fragile"), and related to bruise (v.). With -le, suffix forming adjectives with meaning "liable to."