adjective, brit·tler, brit·tlest.
verb (used without object), brit·tled, brit·tling.
Origin of brittle
Examples from the Web for brittle
Instead of being strong and resilient, bones become weak and brittle.
Brittle egos are bolstered less by what they love about themselves than what they find contemptible in others.
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|Robin Givhan|December 13, 2011|DAILY BEAST
“Petulant,” “brittle” and “very very mean” are all words Isaacson used to describe Jobs at times.
Cook at 425 degrees for about 10 minutes or broil quickly until the brittle has melted to give a smooth covering.
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|Hugh Walpole
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
British Dictionary definitions for brittle
Word Origin for brittle
Word Origin and History 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."