brittle

Something brittle is easily broken. Do you have brittle bones? Then no football or rugby for you.

Besides meaning easily fractured and emotionally cold, brittle is also a type of candy made of cooled sugar. To make peanut brittle, bake the ingredients on a cookie sheet then let the brittle cool into sheets which you break into pieces (and then eat — wreaking havoc with your braces). It's ok to use the adjective brittle freely to describe lots of things that will break easily — such as a heart, a theory, or a poorly equipped army.

Primary Meanings of brittle

1.
adj
having little elasticity; hence easily cracked or fractured or snapped
2.
n
caramelized sugar cooled in thin sheets
3.
adj
lacking warmth and generosity of spirit
Full Definitions of brittle
1

adj having little elasticity; hence easily cracked or fractured or snapped

brittle bones”
“glass is brittle
Synonyms:
brickle, brickly
breakable
capable of being broken or damaged

adj (of metal or glass) not annealed and consequently easily cracked or fractured

Synonyms:
unannealed
unhardened, untempered
not brought to a proper consistency or hardness
2

n caramelized sugar cooled in thin sheets

Synonyms:
toffee, toffy
Types:
peanut brittle
brittle containing peanuts
Type of:
candy, confect
a rich sweet made of flavored sugar and often combined with fruit or nuts
3

adj lacking warmth and generosity of spirit

“a brittle and calculating woman”
Synonyms:
coldhearted
lacking in sympathy or feeling

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