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
- 1591, Ed[mund] Sp[enser], “The Ruines of Time”, in Complaints. Containing Sundrie Small Poemes of the Worlds Vanitie. […], London: […] William Ponsonbie, […], OCLC 15537294:
- brickle clay
From the Bricklin, a failed automobile.