breakly

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From breakle +‎ -y and/or break +‎ -ly. Compare German zerbrechlich (fragile).

Adjective[edit]

breakly (comparative more breakly, superlative most breakly)

  1. Apt to, capable of, or tending to break; fragile; brittle.
    • 1842, Edmund Ruffin, Farmers' register:
      Our ash is not tough and hard like that, but has an open grain, and is among the most brash or breakly of our timbers.
    • 1889, Charles Lotin Hildreth, The mysterious city of Oo: adventures in Orbello Land:
      Daylight was breakly dimly through wild-looking clouds upon a world of tumultuous waters.
    • 1893, Bessie Chandler, A woman who failed: and others:
      "I never thought I 'd say what I 'm going to," she said at last; "it seems indecent; but I can't have you sitting around this way, acting as if I was a piece of cracked chiny that you'd got to handle mighty gingerly or it would drop all to pieces. I ain't so breakly. [...]"

Adverb[edit]

breakly (comparative more breakly, superlative most breakly)

  1. In a breakly manner.
    • 2007, Vít Bojňanský, Agáta Fargašová, Atlas of Seeds and Fruits of Central and East-European Flora:
      Surface longitudinal breakly furrowed, slight lustrous, orange-brown.