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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 hog bristles short bristle paint brushes

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

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bristling

play \ˈbris-liŋ, ˈbri-sə-\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to furnish with short stiff coarse hairs or filaments :  to furnish with bristles

  3. 2 :  to make aggressive or angry :  to make bristly :  ruffle

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1a :  to rise and stand stiffly erect quills bristlingb :  to raise the bristles (as in anger) a snarling, bristling dog

  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. 3a :  to be full of or covered with especially something suggestive of bristles roofs bristled with chimneysb :  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

Origin and Etymology of bristle

verbal derivative of 1bristle


First Known Use: 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

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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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