chiefly Scotland : a bristle or tuft of bristles
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

Word History


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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of birse was before the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near birse

Cite this Entry

“Birse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/birse. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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