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Definition of "brittle" []

  • Likely to break, snap, or crack, as when subjected to pressure: brittle bones. (adjective)
  • Easily damaged or disrupted; fragile: a brittle friendship. See Synonyms at fragile. (adjective)
  • Difficult to deal with; snappish: a brittle disposition. (adjective)
  • Lacking warmth of feeling; cold: a reputation for being brittle and aloof. (adjective)
  • Brilliantly sharp, as in percussive sound. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "brittle" in a sentence
  • "Like so many other treats available now, this brittle is around for only a few more weeks."
  • "Peanut brittle is more common than cashew brittle, but cashews are a great fit for this recipe because they have a naturally buttery flavor that really suits the buttery shortbread base."
  • "But this brittle is still a hit and the batch I shared with my colleagues was gone in five minutes."