- Inflexible, liable to break or snap easily under stress or pressure.
- Cast iron is much more brittle than forged iron.
- A diamond is hard but brittle.
- 1951, Geoffrey Chaucer; Nevill Coghill, transl., The Canterbury Tales: Translated into Modern English (Penguin Classics), Penguin Books, published 1977, page 329:
- 'Do you suppose our convent, and I too, / Are insufficient, then, to pray for you? / Thomas, that joke's not good. Your faith is brittle.
- Not physically tough or tenacious; apt to break or crumble when bending.
- Shortbread is my favorite cold pastry, yet being so brittle it crumbles easily, and a lot goes to waste.
- (archaeology) Said of rocks and minerals with a conchoidal fracture; capable of being knapped or flaked.
- Emotionally fragile, easily offended.
- What a brittle personality! A little misunderstanding and he's an emotional wreck.
- (informal, proscribed) Diabetes that is characterized by dramatic swings in blood sugar level.
- brittle bone disease
- brittle hair syndrome
- brittlely, brittly
- brittle star
able to break or snap easily under stress or pressure
apt to break or crumble when bending
emotionally fragile, easily offended
- A confection of caramelized sugar and nuts.
- As a child, my favorite candy was peanut brittle.
- Anything resembling this confection, such as flapjack, a cereal bar, etc.
confection of caramelized sugar and nuts