|1.||easily cracked, snapped, or broken; fragile|
|2.||curt or irritable: a brittle reply|
|3.||hard or sharp in quality|
|4.||a crunchy sweet made with treacle and nuts: peanut brittle|
|[C14: from Old English brytel (unattested); related to brytsen fragment, brēotan to break]|
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