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.
- (Appalachia or archaic or dialect) Alternative form of
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)
From the Bricklin, a failed automobile.
- (Canada, dialect) To fail spectacularly.
- How to Brickle: The New Brunswick Funny Book (1977, ISBN 0-9690732-0-8)