Adjective "Brittle" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Hard but liable to break easily.
  1. 'If not staked, the wind will often times break the somewhat brittle, sprawling stems at the base.'
  2. 'For example, getting enough calcium can reduce the risk of osteoporosis, in which bones become brittle and break as one ages.'
  3. 'With a little planning and preventive measures, you can avoid the common sun and surf damage of faded colour, fragile, brittle or dry hair and yucky split ends.'
  4. 'However, the rubbery material was brittle and broke too easily.'
  5. 'Instead, I held the fragile note from that fateful night in my fingertips, taking extreme care not to break the brittle edges.'
  6. 'Cast iron is heavy, hard, somewhat brittle, and may break if dropped.'
  7. 'In some cases the use of chemical texturizers may cause color treated tresses to become brittle, spongy or break off.'
  8. 'Be forewarned that the plastic is brittle, and you can easily break it in the process.'
  9. 'The Earth's crust, as with many planetary crusts, is brittle and breaks relatively easily.'
  10. 'When harvesting, always cut rather than pull peppers from the plant so you don't break their brittle branches.'
  11. 'a brittle laugh'
  12. 'Jude offered a brittle laugh at his own expense.'
  13. 'She smokes and drinks and engages in brittle chatter, laughing through it all as if men, love, life were sports in which she was the Olympic medallist.'
  14. 'It is compelling in the extreme - even more so as Nina's voice is sweet yet brittle, arid and luscious.'
  15. 'Other songs recall Joy Division and Depeche Mode, as his brittle voice tiptoes to center stage with only a spare backing of guitars and drum loops.'
  16. 'The sound of his voice was eerie, with the words cracking, brittle with the dryness that shrunk his throat.'
  17. 'On top of that, it's a pretty interesting contrast to the Albini-inspired, sharp and brittle guitar splatters that round out the rest of independent rock.'
  18. 'But the brittle strums of acoustic and Nick Kenyon's powerful voice add up to a heady concoction of protest song and a truly unplugged, but no less energetic workout.'
  19. 'She could hear the brittle edge in her voice, and hated how desperate it made her sound.'
  20. 'There's the Uniform Man, who is emotionally insecure, with a rigid and brittle temperament.'
  21. 'Miner is spot-on, down to her brittle smile and overeager voice.'
  22. 'So much so that, in meeting Streep, an edge of brittle insecurity appears faintly visible beneath her ageless face and coolly cordial manner.'


A brittle sweet made from nuts and set melted sugar.
  1. 'For the pumpkin seed brittle, in a small covered saucepan, bring the sugar and water to a boil.'
  2. 'The silky, smooth livery foie gras contrasted gorgeously with the plum and the almond brittle.'
  3. 'Store your brittle in a tightly closed container at room temperature for several days or freezer for up to two months.'
  4. 'During the holidays I make peanut brittle that I never send to friends, and even melt chocolate, but that's about it.'
  5. 'It is no accident that peanut brittle resembles light brown glass.'
  6. 'But explorers would not eat prissy little candy canes and peanut brittle when they could tear into a hamburger, would they?'
  7. 'My friend's wife takes the paper bag of peanut brittle from my wife, unfolds the top, peeks inside.'
  8. 'Since 1964, this family-owned shop in historic Old Sacramento has been turning out vats of old-fashioned candy kettle delights like nut brittles, buttery toffee, and caramel corn.'
  9. 'It was shiny on the top, with some little bubbles in places, like a piece of dark green peanut brittle.'
  10. 'For the almond brittle: In a saucepan, combine the sugar and water and simmer until golden brown.'


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. noun

6. a confection of melted sugar

More examples(as adjective)

"welds can be brittle as results."

"smiles can be brittle as glasses."

"people can be brittle with ages."

"fibres can be brittle to wears."

"fibres can be brittle to damages."

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Late Middle English, ultimately of Germanic origin and related to Old English brēotan ‘break up’.