Brit"tle (?), a. [OE. britel, brutel, AS. bryttian to dispense, fr. breotan to break; akin to Icel. brytja, Sw. bryta, Dan. bryde. Cf. Brickle.]

Easily broken; apt to break; fragile; not tough or tenacious<-- contrast to flexible; usually hard -->.

Farewell, thou pretty, brittle piece Of fine-cut crystal. Cotton.

Brittle silver ore, the mineral stephanite.


© Webster 1913.