adjective, brit·tler, brit·tlest.
verb (used without object), brit·tled, brit·tling.
Origin of brittle
Synonyms for brittle
Examples from the Web for brittleness
Historical Examples of brittleness
The brittleness, if it had ever existed, was gone and the arm was limp.
This brittleness is due to the silicon which is deposited in the epidermis of the leaf.Birds of the Plains
Another point that should be mentioned is the brittleness of the tail.Animal Life of the British Isles
Connected with its brittleness are some very singular facts.
Even in normal quantity it is said to cause “brittleness” or “shortness.”The Preparation of Plantation Rubber
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."