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"brittle" in British English

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brittleadjective

uk   /ˈbrɪt.l̩/  us   /ˈbrɪt̬-/

brittle adjective (EASILY BROKEN)

delicate and ​easilybroken: As you get ​olderyourbonesbecomeincreasingly brittle. The ​pond was ​covered in a brittle ​layer of ​ice.

brittle adjective (UNKIND)

unkind and ​unpleasant: She gave a brittle ​laugh and ​turned away.
(Definition of brittle from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"brittle" in American English

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brittleadjective

 us   /ˈbrɪt̬·əl/
delicate and ​easilybroken: As you get ​olderyourbonesbecomeincreasingly brittle.
(Definition of brittle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “brittle”
in Korean (딱딱하지만) 깨지기 쉬운…
in Arabic هَشّ…
in Malaysian rapuh…
in French cassant…
in Russian хрупкий…
in Chinese (Traditional) 易碎的, 易碎的,脆的…
in Italian fragile…
in Turkish kolay kırılır, gevrek…
in Polish kruchy…
in Spanish quebradizo…
in Vietnamese dễ vỡ…
in Portuguese quebradiço, frágil…
in Thai เปราะ…
in German spröde…
in Catalan fràgil, trencadís…
in Japanese (固いが)もろい, 壊れやすい…
in Chinese (Simplified) 易碎的, 易碎的,脆的…
in Indonesian rapuh…
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