adjective, brit·tler, brit·tlest.
verb (used without object), brit·tled, brit·tling.
Origin of brittle
Synonyms for brittle
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."