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1. brittle

adjective. ['ˈbrɪtəl'] having little elasticity; hence easily cracked or fractured or snapped.

Synonyms

  • brickle
  • brickly

Antonyms

  • sour
  • disassemble
  • unbreakableness

Etymology

  • britel (Middle English (1100-1500))

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Words that Rhyme with Brittle

  • transmittal
  • noncommittal
  • committal
  • belittle
  • acquittal
  • whittle
  • spittle
  • smittle
  • skittle
  • zittel
  • vittle
  • tittle
  • tittel
  • pytel
  • pittle
  • lyttle
  • little
  • littell
  • knittle
  • knittel
  • kittle
  • kittell
  • kittel
  • hittle
  • bittle
  • bittel
  • it'll

How do you pronounce brittle?

Pronounce brittle as ˈbrɪtəl.

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Example sentences of the word brittle


1. Adjective
If the kernels are brittle when broken, the almonds are dry.

2. Verb, base form
If it is greasy-feeling, and brittle to the touch, it may be old.

3. Noun, singular or mass
Place the panel in the freezer to make the plastic brittle.

Quotes containing the word brittle


1. The moment we believe that success is determined by an ingrained level of ability as opposed to resilience and hard work, we will be brittle in the face of adversity.
- Joshua Waitzkin

2. And it is you, spirit--with will and energy, and virtue and purity--that I want, not alone with your brittle frame.
- Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

3. Disagreement is not necessarily a reason to head for Splitsville. In fact, a relationship without disagreement is probably too brittle to last. Some of the best human bonds are forged in the fire of disagreement.
- Jerry Spinelli, Today I Will: A Year of Quotes, Notes, and Promises to Myself

2. brittle-star

noun. an animal resembling a starfish with fragile whiplike arms radiating from a small central disc.

Synonyms

  • echinoderm
  • serpent star
  • brittle star
  • subclass Ophiurida

3. brittle

noun. ['ˈbrɪtəl'] caramelized sugar cooled in thin sheets.

Synonyms

  • candy
  • toffy
  • confect
  • peanut brittle

Antonyms

  • splinterless
  • curable
  • toughened
  • sunbaked

Etymology

  • britel (Middle English (1100-1500))

4. brittle

adjective. ['ˈbrɪtəl'] (of metal or glass) not annealed and consequently easily cracked or fractured.

Synonyms

  • untempered
  • unhardened

Antonyms

  • loving
  • splinterproof
  • shatterproof

Etymology

  • britel (Middle English (1100-1500))

5. brittle

adjective. ['ˈbrɪtəl'] lacking warmth and generosity of spirit.

Antonyms

  • infrangible

Etymology

  • britel (Middle English (1100-1500))
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