See brittle.

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  • Brittlely — Brit tle*ly, adv. In a brittle manner. Sherwood. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • brittlely — adverb see brittle I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • brittlely — adverb In a brittle way. Syn: brittly …   Wiktionary

  • brittlely — brit·tle·ly …   English syllables

  • brittlely — adverb see brittle I …   Useful english dictionary

  • brittle — I. adjective (brittler; brittlest) Etymology: Middle English britil; akin to Old English brēotan to break, Old Norse brjōta Date: 14th century 1. a. easily broken, cracked, or snapped < brittle clay > < brittle glass > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • brittleness — See brittlely. * * * …   Universalium

  • brittly — adverb In a brittle way. Syn: brittlely …   Wiktionary

  • brittle — adjective 1》 hard but liable to break easily. 2》 (of a voice) unpleasantly hard and sharp and showing signs of nervousness or instability. noun a brittle sweet made from nuts and set melted sugar. Derivatives brittlely (or brittly) adverb… …   English new terms dictionary

  • brittle — [brit′ l] adj. [ME britel < OE breotan, to break to pieces; akin to ON brjota < IE * bhreu < base * bher , to cut with a sharp point] 1. easily broken or shattered because hard and inflexible 2. having a sharp, hard quality [brittle… …   English World dictionary

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