brickle

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English brikel, brekil, brukel (easily broken or shattered), from Old English *brycel, *brucol (as in hūsbrycel (burglarious, literally house-breaking), scipbrucol (destructive to shipping, causing shipwreck, literally ship-breaking), equivalent to break +‎ -le. See also breakle.

Adjective[edit]

brickle

  1. (Appalachia or archaic or dialect) Alternative form of breakle.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)

Etymology 2[edit]

From the Bricklin, a failed automobile

Verb[edit]

brickle

  1. (Canada, dialect) To fail spectacularly
    • How to Brickle The New Brunswick Funny Book (1977) ISBN 0-9690732-0-8
      Coined by Jim Lotz of The Atlantic Cooperator.
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