Bristle definition

brĭsəl
To make bristly; ruffle.
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To stand stiffly on end like bristles.

The hair on the dog's neck bristled.

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To raise the bristles.

The cat bristled at the sight of the large dog.

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A stiff hair.
noun
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A stiff hairlike structure.

The bristles of a wire brush.

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To react in an angry or offended manner.

The author bristled at the suggestion of plagiarism.

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To be covered or thick with or as if with bristles.

The path bristled with thorns.

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To cause to stand erect like bristles; stiffen.
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To furnish or supply with bristles.
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Any short, stiff, prickly hair of an animal or plant.
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To become stiff and erect, like bristles.
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To have the bristles become erect, as in fear or irritation.
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To show strong anger, irritation, outrage, etc. as by a stiffening of the body.
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To be thickly covered (with)

The battlefield bristled with guns.

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To cause to stand up like bristles.
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To put bristles on or in.
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To make bristly.
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A stiff hair.
noun
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To stand stiffly on end like bristles.

The hair on the dog's neck bristled.

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A stiff hairlike structure.

The bristles of a wire brush.

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The definition of a bristle is a stiff hair.

An example of a bristle is the pointy part of a stiff hairbrush.

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Bristle means to stand like a stiff hair or to show anger.

An example of to bristle is for a cat's fur to stand straight up when scared.

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Any of the hairs of a hog or of some other animals, used for brushes.
noun
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Such a hair, or an artificial hair like it, in a brush.
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(slang, humorous) Bristol, England (in imitation of the local dialect)
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
bristle
Plural:
bristles

Origin of bristle

  • Middle English bristel probably from Old English byrstel from byrst bristle

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition