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bristle

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noun bris·tle \ˈbri-səl\

Definition of bristle

  1. :  a short stiff coarse hair or filament

bristlelike

play \ˈbri-sə(l)-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of bristle in a sentence

  1. a face covered with bristles

  2. the bristles of a brush

Origin and Etymology of bristle

Middle English bristil, from brust bristle, from Old English byrst; akin to Old High German burst bristle, and perhaps to Latin fastigium top


First Known Use: 14th century


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bristle

verb bris·tle

Definition of bristle

bristled

bristling

play \ˈbris-liŋ, ˈbri-sə-\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to furnish with bristles

  3. 2 :  to make bristly :  ruffle

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 a :  to rise and stand stiffly erect <quills bristling> b :  to raise the bristles (as in anger)

  6. 2 :  to take on an aggressively defensive attitude (as in response to a slight or criticism) <he bristled at the accusations of corruption>

  7. 3 a :  to be full of or covered with especially something suggestive of bristles <roofs bristled with chimneys> b :  to be full of something specified <book bristles with detail and irony — W. J. Broad>

Examples of bristle in a sentence

  1. Electricity makes your hair bristle.

  2. <a recent college grad thrilled to be starting a new life in a city bristling with possibilities>

15th Century

First Known Use of bristle

15th century



BRISTLE Defined for English Language Learners

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bristle

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noun bris·tle \ˈbri-səl\

Definition of bristle for English Language Learners

  • : a short, stiff hair, fiber, etc.


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bristle

verb bris·tle

Definition of bristle for English Language Learners

  • of hair : to rise up and become stiff

  • : to show signs of anger : to become angry


BRISTLE Defined for Kids

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bristle

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noun bris·tle \ˈbri-səl\

Definition of bristle for Students

  1. 1 :  a short stiff hair <a hog's bristle>

  2. 2 :  a stiff hair or something like a hair fastened in a brush


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bristle

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verb bris·tle

Definition of bristle for Students

bristled

bristling

  1. 1 :  to rise up and stiffen like bristles <Her evil laugh makes your hair bristle.>

  2. 2 :  to show signs of anger <The judge bristled at the reminder of her stupidity. — Ellen Raskin, The Westing Game>

  3. 3 :  to be covered with <The bush bristled with thorns.>


Medical Dictionary

bristle

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noun bris·tle \ˈbris-əl\

Medical Definition of bristle

  1. :  a short stiff coarse hair or filament



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