brittle Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “brittle” in the English Dictionary

"brittle" in British English

See all translations

brittleadjective

uk   /ˈbrɪt.əl/ us   /ˈbrɪt̬.əl/
  • 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

See all translations

brittleadjective

us   /ˈbrɪt̬·əl/
delicate and easily broken: As you get older your bones become increasingly 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 frágil, 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…
What is the pronunciation of brittle?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“brittle” in British English

More meanings of “brittle”

Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
by ,
May 25, 2016
by Liz Walter Enough is a very common word, but it is easy to make mistakes with it. You need to be careful about its position in a sentence, and the prepositions or verb patterns that come after it. I’ll start with the position of enough in the sentence. When we use it with a noun,

Read More 

Word of the Day

environment

the air, water, and land in or on which people, animals, and plants live

Word of the Day

convo noun
convo noun
May 23, 2016
informal a conversation The convo around concussions mostly focuses on guys who play football, but Chastain thinks that this whole thing could be a headache for women too.

Read More