Brittle - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈbrɪtl|  American pronunciation of the word brittle
Brit.  |ˈbrɪt(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word brittle


- caramelized sugar cooled in thin sheets (syn: toffee, toffy)


- having little elasticity; hence easily cracked or fractured or snapped(syn: brickle, brickly)
- lacking warmth and generosity of spirit
- (of metal or glass) not annealed and consequently easily cracked or fractured (syn: unannealed)


...a brittle cracker that turned into crumbs in my pocket...

...a brittle apology that was anything but heartfelt...

The branches were dry and brittle.

Joanna was diagnosed as having brittle bones.

He spoke with the brittle confidence of someone who, underneath, was very worried.

...has bones so brittle that a minor stumble could result in a serious break...

...after being dipped in liquid nitrogen, the rubber ball's normally resilient surface is as brittle as ceramic...

It is extremely brittle, chipping on the smallest fall or shock.

The hairs turn white, become stumpy and brittle.

Word forms

comparative: brittler
superlative: brittlest
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