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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old English
Origin: gebryttan 'to break into pieces'

brittle

adjective
     
brit‧tle
1 hard but easily broken:
The branches were dry and brittle.
Joanna was diagnosed as having brittle bones.
2 a situation, relationship, or feeling that is brittle is easily damaged or destroyed:
He spoke with the brittle confidence of someone who, underneath, was very worried.
3 showing no warm feelings:
a brittle laugh
WORD FOCUS: hard WORD FOCUS: hard
hard and not bending: solid, firm, stiff, rigid

meat that is too hard: tough

skin that is old and hard: leathery, calloused

hard and easily broken: brittle


See also
hard

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