bristly

adjective bris·tly \ ˈbris-lē , ˈbri-sə- \

Definition of bristly

bristlier; bristliest
1 a : thickly set with bristles
  • a bristly shrub
b : consisting of or resembling bristles
  • a bristly mustache
2 : inclined to or showing aggressiveness or anger
  • a bristly temperament

Examples of bristly in a Sentence

  1. although pigs look hairless, they're actually bristly creatures

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First Known Use of bristly

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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BRISTLY Defined for Kids

bristly

adjective bris·tly \ ˈbris-lē \

Definition of bristly for Students

bristlier; bristliest
: of, like, or having many bristles
  • bristly whiskers


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