Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Brittle; easily broken.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Obs. or Prov. Brittle; easily broken.

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  • adjective Alternative form of breakle.

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  • adjective having little elasticity; hence easily cracked or fractured or snapped

Etymologies

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From Middle English brikel, brekil, brukel ("easily broken or shattered"), from Old English *brycel, *brucol (as in hūsbrycel ("burglarious", literally "house-breaking"), scipbrucol ("destructive to shipping, causing shipwreck", literally "ship-breaking"), equivalent to break +‎ -le. See also breakle.

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  • Fun word. Burglarious even.

    February 1, 2016