brit-tle / brĭt-l
1. easily broken or snapped; fragile
Man is harder than a stone and more brittle than an egg.
2. lacking compassion or sensitivity; cold
“Now, my boy, times have changed,” Del Mar addressed him in cold, brittle tones.
From “Michael, Brother of Jerry” by Jack London, 1876 – 1916
3. irritable; rudely brusque
Bush gave a brittle reply, calling such remarks “disgusting, to be perfectly frank.”
Christopher Cooper, “Laura Bush Takes a Larger Role”, ‘The Wall Street Journal’, www.wsj.com/articles/SB113589800171734179, December 30, 2005
4. having a sharp quality
He heard the steps of Stepan Arkadyevitch, mistaking them for the tramp of the horses in the distance; he heard the brittle sound of the twigs on which he had trodden, taking this sound for the flying of a grouse.
From “Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy, 1828 – 1910
5. fleeting; short lived; vanishing
Even in our best shape we are a brittle piece of mortality.
LeCrae, 1979 –
1. a sweet confection made of caramelized sugar and nuts, which is easily broken when cooled
Peanut brittle is a flavorful, old-fashioned candy that’s sweet and salty with a beautiful snappy texture (and a reputation for sticking to your teeth!).
“Peanut Brittle Recipe”, ‘Sugar Spun Run’, www.sugarspunrun.com/peanut-brittle-recipe, accessed November 8, 2023