(comparative more bristling, superlative most bristling)
- Having bristles.
- Showing anger.
- Present participle of bristle.
- The act of one who bristles.
Variant of bristle
- any short, stiff, prickly hair of an animal or plant
- any of the hairs of a hog or of some other animals, used for brushes
- such a hair, or an artificial hair like it, in a brush
Origin of bristleMiddle English bristel, metathetic ; from Old English byrst; akin to German borste, bristles ; from Indo-European an unverified form bhsti- ; from base an unverified form bhar-, point, bristle
intransitive verbbristled, bristling
- to become stiff and erect, like bristles
- to have the bristles become erect, as in fear or irritation
- to show strong anger, irritation, outrage, etc. as by a stiffening of the body
- to be thickly covered (with): the battlefield bristled with guns
- to cause to stand up like bristles
- to put bristles on or in
- to make bristly