1. A confection of caramelized sugar and nuts.
    As a child, my favorite candy was peanut brittle.
  2. Anything resembling this confection, such as flapjack, a cereal bar, etc.


  1. Inflexible, liable to break or snap easily under stress or pressure.
    Cast iron is much more brittle than forged iron.
    A diamond is hard but brittle.
  2. Not physically tough or tenacious; apt to break or crumble when bending.
  3. Said of rocks and minerals with a conchoidal fracture; capable of being knapped or flaked.
  4. Emotionally fragile, easily offended.
    What a brittle personality! A little misunderstanding and he's an emotional wreck.
  5. Diabetes that is characterized by dramatic swings in blood sugar level.

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