birse

noun
\ ˈbirs How to pronounce birse (audio) , ˈbərs How to pronounce birse (audio) \

Definition of birse

1 chiefly Scotland : a bristle or tuft of bristles
2 chiefly Scotland : anger

Examples of birse in a Sentence

as the lad's birse is fair up, it'd be best to leave him alone

First Known Use of birse

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for birse

Middle English *birst, from Old English byrst — more at bristle

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Cite this Entry

“Birse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/birse. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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