/brit"l/, adj., brittler, brittlest, n., v., brittled, brittling.
1. having hardness and rigidity but little tensile strength; breaking readily with a comparatively smooth fracture, as glass.
2. easily damaged or destroyed; fragile; frail: a brittle marriage.
3. lacking warmth, sensitivity, or compassion; aloof; self-centered: a self-possessed, cool, and rather brittle person.
4. having a sharp, tense quality: a brittle tone of voice.
5. unstable or impermanent; evanescent.
6. a confection of melted sugar, usually with nuts, brittle when cooled: peanut brittle.
7. to be or become brittle; crumble.
[1350-1400; ME britel, equiv. to brit- (akin to OE brysten fragment) + -el adj. suffix]
Syn. 1. fragile. See frail1.

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