1. [ adjective ] having little elasticity; hence easily cracked or fractured or snapped
Synonyms: brickly brickle

"brittle bones" "glass is brittle" "`brickle' and `brickly' are dialectal"

Related terms: breakable
2. [ adjective ] lacking warmth and generosity of spirit

"a brittle and calculating woman"

Related terms: coldhearted
3. [ adjective ] (of metal or glass) not annealed and consequently easily cracked or fractured
Synonyms: unannealed
Related terms: untempered
4. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 27934
5. [ noun ] (food) caramelized sugar cooled in thin sheets
Synonyms: toffee toffy
Related terms: candy peanut_brittle
Similar spelling:   brattle