Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

bridle

play
noun bri·dle \ˈbrī-dəl\

Simple Definition of bridle

  • : a device that fits on a horse's head and that is used for guiding and controlling the horse

Full Definition of bridle

  1. 1 :  the headgear with which a horse is governed and which carries a bit and reins

  2. 2 :  a length of line or cable attached to two parts of something to spread the force of a pull; especially :  rigging on a kite for attaching line

  3. 3 :  curb, restraint <set a bridle on his power>

Origin of bridle

Middle English bridel, from Old English brīdel; akin to Old English bregdan to move quickly — more at braid


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Equestrian Terms

Rhymes with bridle


2

bridle

verb bri·dle

Simple Definition of bridle

  • : to put a bridle on (a horse)

  • : to react in an angry way

Full Definition of bridle

bri·dledbri·dling play \ˈbrīd-liŋ, ˈbrī-dəl-iŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to put a bridle on

  3. 2 :  to restrain, check, or control with or as if with a bridle <bridle your tongue>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to show hostility or resentment (as to an affront to one's pride or dignity) especially by drawing back the head and chin

Examples of bridle

  1. <try to bridle your criticism next time so that it is helpful and not hurtful>



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of bridle

before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of bridle

restrain, check, curb, bridle mean to hold back from or control in doing something. restrain suggests holding back by force or persuasion from acting or from going to extremes <restrained themselves from laughing>. check implies restraining or impeding a progress, activity, or impetus <trying to check government spending>. curb suggests an abrupt or drastic checking <learn to curb your appetite>. bridle implies keeping under control by subduing or holding in <bridle an impulse to throw the book down>.

Medical Dictionary

bridle

play
noun bri·dle \ˈbrīd-əl\

Medical Definition of bridle





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up bridle? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 13, 2016

a trying or distressing experience

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

2.2 pounds 16.96 pounds 100 pounds 196.5 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ