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brittle

[ brit-l ]SEE DEFINITION OF brittle
  • adj.fragile
  • adj.tense

Synonyms for brittle

  • breakable
  • crisp
  • frail
  • crumbling
  • crumbly
  • delicate
  • frangible
  • friable
  • inelastic
  • shatterable
  • shivery
  • vitreous
  • weak
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Antonyms for brittle

  • unbreakable
  • durable
  • flexible
  • moveable
  • relaxed
  • resilient
  • supple
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BRITTLE

If the one be porcelain, and the other earthen ware, both are brittle!

It was yellow and brittle with age, covered with writing in a fine clear hand.

This is an extremely beautiful plant, very tender or brittle.

Notice the smooth grainless texture—hard and yet not brittle.

Such plates may be so badly damaged that they are brittle and crumbled.

The battery has rubber jars which are brittle, and which are easily broken.

They must be crisp and brittle and made just at serving time.

I noticed that the stalks were old and brittle, and that the boys preserved the hull.

A detached part of his brain noted how bony and brittle her hand was.

His clothes were scorched into something that was black an' brittle.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., britel, perhaps from an unrecorded Old English adjective *brytel, related to brytan "to crush, pound, to break to pieces," from Proto-Germanic stem *brutila- "brittle," from *breutan "to break up" (cf. Old Norse brjota "to break," Old High German brodi "fragile"), and related to bruise (v.). With -le, suffix forming adjectives with meaning "liable to."

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR BRITTLE

breakable

adjectiveeasily hurt or destroyed
  • brittle
  • crisp
  • crispy
  • crumbly
  • delicate
  • flimsy
  • fracturable
  • fragile
  • frail
  • frangible
  • friable
  • shatterable
  • shattery
  • splintery
  • vitreous
  • weak

frangible

adjectivefragile
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