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Brukill, Bruckle, a. Also: brukil, -yll, brokill; brukle, bruikle, broukle; brukkill, bruckill. [Northern ME. brukel (e.m.E. brukle, bruckle), OE. brucol (in combs. as ǽ-, scip-brucol), f. bruc- variant stem of brecan Brek v.]

1. Easily broken; apt to break; brittle. I honoure … na metall, That brokill is & sone ma fall; Leg. S. vi. 648.
Sen God has maid us all till semblaunce of a brukle mater; Hay II. 156/30.
Thaire is na thyng that ma lest euir mare, That compunde is of brukyll alymentis; Liber Plusc. 388.
Becaus I knaw the greit vnstabilnes, Brukkill as glas; Henr. Test. Cress. 569.
This brukill eird … Me thocht I saw birne in ane fyrie rage; Doug. Pal. Hon. iii. 62.
This ontrew temperit blaid … , As brukkill ice, in litill pecis lap; Id. Æn. xii. xii. 114.
The brukle body than is wvne, And maid ane veschell new; Scott xxx. 3.
Scho is a bruikle [M. bruckill] barge, And may na bitter blastis weill abyde; 1571 Sat. P. xxvii. 19.
As bruckill glas he did aschunder bring His targe of steil; J. Stewart 31/60.
The mortall … corps (a lowrd and brukill mas); Hume ii. 86.
To climbe … The bruckle braunches of vaineglorious wayes; Mure True Cruc. 2492.

2. Morally frail or weak; readily yielding, esp. to temptation or evil. Thadee, that licht woman wes & richt brukil of hyre flesche; Leg. S. xxxv. 4.
Mekill les ȝeit suld men trew A brokill woman as is thu; Ib. l. 210.
We … That felys the infyrmyte Off brukyll fleysch; Wynt. v. 3694.
For yhe devillys war noucht wroucht Off brukyll kynd; Ib. 5326.
The brukle mankynde that ever is redy till excede in vicis; Hay I. 291/25.
He was on lyve brukle & lecherous; Henr. Orph. 374.
Fawdoun … was haldyn at suspicioun; He was haldyn of brokill complexioun; Wall. v. 116.
We are maid of brukle and fragill nature anens oure body; Irland Mir. I. 89/17.
The flesche is brukle, the fend is sle; Dunb. iv. 7.
O broukle ȝouth, in tyme behald; Kennedy Maitl. F. cxxxi. 41.
For-quhy he wes ane man of brukill fame; Stewart 3783.
Sa lang as we leif in this present warld, we ar sa fragil and brukil … that [etc.]; Hamilton Cat. 263.
Thocht bruckill wemen hantis In lust to leid thair lyvis; Scott iv. 33.
The folie that is in mankynde, Quhilk is sa brukill and sa blind; G. Ball. 165;
Ib. 199.

3. Unstable, uncertain; full of hazard. Be … ay reddie, For mannis lyfe is brukill, and ay mortall; Henr. Fab. 2936.
Trusting in to this brukill lyfe and vane; Kennedy Maitl. F. cxvii. 14.
Becaus the warld is brukle and trublus; 1520 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 201.
It is a bruckill wardill and mony perrellis occurrand; 1548 Prot. Bk. W. Corbet 7.
This warldis vanite, sa broukle and sa slidder; Maitl. F. cii. 3.
Founding them vpon the bruckle authoritie of profane wryters; 1583 Bk. Univ. Kirk II. 640.
Quhethir remissioun salbe gevin … in respect of the bruckle and troublesum tyme bypast; 1586 Douglas Chart. 289.
The Queene of England perceauing the effairis of Scotland to be bruckle and unstable; Hist. Jas. VI 284.
The seasoun of the yeir wes suche, that it threatned a laite and bruckle haruest; 1623 Melrose P. 549.
When it were so dangerous for their bruckle state; 1644 Baillie II. 170.

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