American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Likely to break, snap, or crack, as when subjected to pressure: brittle bones.
- adj. Easily damaged or disrupted; fragile: a brittle friendship. See Synonyms at fragile.
- adj. Difficult to deal with; snappish: a brittle disposition.
- adj. Lacking warmth of feeling; cold: a reputation for being brittle and aloof.
- adj. Brilliantly sharp, as in percussive sound.
- adj. Perishable.
- adj. Fleeting; transitory.
- n. A confection of caramelized sugar to which nuts are added: walnut brittle.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 1. Fickle; changeable.
- Breaking easily and suddenly with a comparatively smooth fracture, as glass; fragile; not tough or tenacious.
- Figuratively, easily destroyed; perishable; fleeting.
- adj. Inflexible, liable to break or snap easily under stress or pressure.
- adj. Not physically tough or tenacious; apt to break or crumble when bending.
- adj. archaeology Said of rocks and minerals with a conchoidal fracture; capable of being knapped or flaked.
- adj. Emotionally fragile, easily offended.
- n. uncountable A confection of caramelized sugar and nuts.
- n. uncountable Anything resembling this confection, such as flapjack, a cereal bar, etc.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Easily broken; apt to break; fragile; not tough or tenacious.
- n. caramelized sugar cooled in thin sheets
- adj. having little elasticity; hence easily cracked or fractured or snapped
- adj. lacking warmth and generosity of spirit
- adj. (of metal or glass) not annealed and consequently easily cracked or fractured
- From Middle English britel, brutel, brotel ("brittle"), from Old English *brytel, *bryttol ("brittle, fragile", literally "prone to or tending to break"), equivalent to brit + -le. More at brit. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English britel, probably from Old English *brytel, from bryttian, to shatter. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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.”
“The brittle texture of peanut brittle is usually a turn off to me.”
“But this brittle is still a hit and the batch I shared with my colleagues was gone in five minutes.”
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