Definition of breakable in English:



  • Capable of breaking or being broken easily.

    ‘breakable ornaments’
    ‘an encrypted password isn't easily breakable’
    • ‘Windows, for example, are very breakable, but I wouldn't fancy living in a world without them.’
    • ‘The slides are cyclical, meaning years may go by without them running at their largest, while trees grow larger and more breakable.’
    • ‘General precautions include moving heavy or breakable objects from a child's reach and preventing children from climbing shelving units or pulling objects down on themselves.’
    • ‘The Court held that he must have known that he was dealing with breakable material, even if that fact was not at the forefront of his mind when he slammed the receiver down.’
    • ‘I don't know about you, but whenever I move (and I seem to have done a lot of it over the last four years), it never ceases to amaze me quite how much breakable material I have in my posession.’
    • ‘I'm going to find it very difficult to thank the man for showing me how easily breakable my windows are in that case.’
    • ‘Remove temptations (like breakable items) before children get into trouble.’
    • ‘And breakable stuff has a tendency to get broken, especially in large groups.’
    • ‘Suddenly all cryptic codes could be breakable.’
    • ‘Another rule - which is breakable, as they all are - is that you discard your first idea.’
    • ‘This does extend out to some of the backgrounds, many of which demonstrate plenty of breakable items.’
    • ‘I've got to say I'm pretty pleased with how the breakable glass surfaces turned out.’
    • ‘Put aside breakable items and valuables before the guests arrive.’
    • ‘You three move the breakable stuff upstairs, and I'll get to work with my crew to make your house look like a dream.’
    • ‘It was a glass table, with corners sharp enough to blunt a diamond, covered in every breakable variety of knickknack known to man.’
    • ‘On the climb we found very challenging conditions - powder snow, breakable crust, eventually very hard snow and even a bit of ice.’
    • ‘It was another great year for Harry Murphy and his men and they must now see that eight-in-a-row record as breakable next year.’
    • ‘With six to eight inches of powder covering a layer of breakable crust, we needed to create a practice area.’
    • ‘At its simplest, it means keeping objects clean, preventing bright sunlight from bleaching them and storing breakable pieces in a safe place.’
    • ‘When my son Richie, now 14, was quite small, I would clear the kitchen sink of any sharp or breakable objects.’
    fragile, delicate, easily broken, easily damaged, destructible, frangible, frail, flimsy, insubstantial
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plural noun

  • Things which are fragile and easily broken.

    ‘breakables, like china, should be padded thoroughly and placed in smaller boxes’
    • ‘I turned on some music and got started packing the rest of my breakables.’
    • ‘Packing material littered the office and men in moving uniforms were studiously packing breakables and other pieces of furniture that graced the office.’
    • ‘I thought that might happen, so I gave Antonia the breakables.’
    • ‘One of them was half full of well preserved tissue paper that has been kept for the express purpose of wrapping all of the breakables when we move.’
    • ‘We had put all the breakables and valuables in the study.’
    • ‘I have a small excess of plates and glasses and other breakables.’
    • ‘It goes without saying that the particular eyes of the particular kids in the room immediately lit up at the possibilities such a treasure trove of breakables threw up.’
    • ‘Corn starch packing weighs nothing, costs almost nothing, protects breakables, and is edible.’
    • ‘You will need a small space of a table with no breakables nearby!’
    • ‘Board games have been pulled out of storage, and I have turned a blind eye to yo-yos tossed up and down dangerously close to vases and other breakables.’
    • ‘Move all breakables and furniture out of this space.’
    • ‘Are they going to have more money so they can eat out more often and buy more breakables?’
    • ‘He tidied the top of the bureau and checked his trunk, making sure all breakables were stowed.’
    • ‘For instance, before a visit, Leslie, who spent many hours safeguarding breakables from her toddler, now discusses the lay-of-the-land with her hosts first.’
    • ‘I'm hiding all my glass stuff, you're not to tell anyone where the breakables are, okay Jamie?’
    • ‘This man obviously didn't know the meaning of being a parent, all the breakables he had in there.’
    • ‘We'd carefully prepared the house (bought case of beer - check, removed all breakables from ground floor - check, warn neighbours - check), and our preparation paid off.’
    • ‘Boxes will be available from local shops and you can save your newspapers for wrapping breakables.’
    • ‘Why couldn't the crow throw the stone a little harder, break the pot or jar - breakables all - and drink the water that trickled out?’