\ 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

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

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“Birse.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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