Stiff vs Brittle - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between stiff and brittle
is that stiff
is of an object, rigid, hard to bend, inflexible while brittle
is inflexible, liable to break or snap easily under stress or pressure.
As nouns the difference between stiff and brittle
is that stiff
is an average person, usually male, of no particular distinction, skill, or education, often a working stiff
or lucky stiff
is a confection of caramelized sugar and nuts.
As a verb stiff
is to fail to pay that which one owes (implicitly or explicitly) to another, especially by departing hastily.
Of an object, rigid, hard to bend, inflexible.
*:“A tight little craft,” was Austin’s invariable comment on the matron;. ¶ Near her wandered her husband, orientally bland, invariably affable, and from time to time squinting sideways, as usual, in the ever-renewed expectation that he might catch a glimpse of his stiff , retroussé moustache.
(lb) Of policies and rules and their application and enforcement, inflexible.
Of a person, formal in behavior, unrelaxed.
(lb) Harsh, severe.
Of muscles, or parts of the body, painful, as a result of excessive, or unaccustomed exercise.
Of a penis, erect.
An average person, usually male, of no particular distinction, skill, or education, often a working stiff''''' or ''lucky '''stiff .
A person who is deceived, as a mark or pigeon in a swindle.
- A Working Stiff' s Manifesto: A Memoir of Thirty Jobs I Quit, Nine That Fired Me, and Three I Can't Remember was published in 2003.
(slang) A cadaver, a dead person.
(US) A person who leaves (especially a restaurant) without paying the bill.
Any hard hand where it is possible to exceed 21 by drawing an additional card.
- She convinced the stiff to go to her hotel room, where her henchman was waiting to rob him.
* See also ,
To fail to pay that which one owes (implicitly or explicitly) to another, especially by departing hastily.
* 1946 , William Foote Whyte, Industry and Society , page 129
- Realizing he had forgotten his wallet, he stiffed the taxi driver when the cab stopped for a red light.
* 1992 , Stephen Birmingham, Shades of Fortune , page 451
- We asked one girl to explain how she felt when she was "stiffed ." She said, You think of all the work you've done and how you've tried to please [them…].
* 2007 , Mary Higgins Clark, I Heard That Song Before , page 154
- You see, poor Nonie really was stiffed' by Adolph in his will. He really ' stiffed her , Rose, and I really wanted to right that wrong.
- Then he stiffed the waiter with a cheap tip.
Inflexible, liable to break or snap easily under stress or pressure.
- Cast iron is much more brittle than forged iron.
* 1977 , , Penguin Classics, p. 329:
- A diamond is hard but brittle .
Not physically tough or tenacious; apt to break or crumble when bending.
* Shortbread'' is my favorite cold pastry, yet being so brittle it crumbles easily, and a lot goes to waste.
(archaeology) Said of rocks and minerals with a conchoidal fracture; capable of being knapped or flaked.
Emotionally fragile, easily offended.
- 'Do you suppose our convent, and I too, / Are insufficient, then, to pray for you? / Thomas, that joke's not good. Your faith is brittle .
- What a brittle personality! A little misunderstanding and he's an emotional wreck.
[ ] Diabetes that is characterized by dramatic swings in blood sugar level.
Diabetes Mellitus (DM), Merck manual
(uncountable) A confection of caramelized sugar and nuts.
(uncountable) Anything resembling this confection, such as flapjack, a cereal bar, etc.
- As a child, my favorite candy was peanut brittle .
* break, breakable
* short (adjective)