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bristle

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of bristle

  1. a thin, flexible structure that resembles a hair <a hairbrush with plastic bristles> Synonyms hair, fiber, filament, threadRelated Words microfiber; cord, rope, string, wire, yarn; fuzz, tuft




bristle

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of bristle

  1. 1 to be copiously supplied <a recent college grad thrilled to be starting a new life in a city bristling with possibilities> Synonyms brim, abound, bulge, burst, bustle, buzz, crawl, hum, overflow, pullulate, swarm, teemNear Antonyms lack, need, want

  2. 2 to express one's anger usually violently <the man bristled at the accusation, and threatened to file a lawsuit> Synonyms rage, fume, stormRelated Words blow up, flare (up), flip (out) [slang]; bluster, carry on, fulminate, rampage, rant, rave, take on; burn, foam, seethe, smolder (or smoulder), steam; chafe, fret, stewNear Antonyms allay, appease, pacify, soothe; check, choke (back), collect, compose, contain, curb, pocket, rein, repress, restrain, smother, stifle, strangle, subdue, suppress, swallow; moderate, temper, tone (down); ease, let up, relax; calm, cool, hush, quell, quiet, settle, still





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