To bristle up
Bristle Bris"tle, v. i. 1. To rise or stand erect, like bristles. [1913 Webster]

His hair did bristle upon his head. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

2. To appear as if covered with bristles; to have standing, thick and erect, like bristles. [1913 Webster]

The hill of La Haye Sainte bristling with ten thousand bayonets. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

Ports bristling with thousands of masts. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

3. To show defiance or indignation. [1913 Webster]

{To bristle up}, to show anger or defiance. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To brustle up — Brustle Brus tle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Brustled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Brustling}.] [OE. brustlien and brastlien, AS. brastlian, fr. berstan to burst, akin to G. prasseln to crackle. See {Burst}, v. i.] 1. To crackle; to rustle, as a silk garment.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To sprunt up — Sprunt Sprunt (spr[u^]nt), v. i. [Cf. {Sprout}, v. i.] To spring up; to germinate; to spring forward or outward. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] {To sprunt up}, to draw one s self up suddenly, as in anger or defiance; to bristle up. [Local, U.S.] [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bristle — Bris tle, v. i. 1. To rise or stand erect, like bristles. [1913 Webster] His hair did bristle upon his head. Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] 2. To appear as if covered with bristles; to have standing, thick and erect, like bristles. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bristle — Bris tle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bristled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bristling}.] 1. To erect the bristles of; to cause to stand up, as the bristles of an angry hog; sometimes with up. [1913 Webster] Now for the bare picked bone of majesty Doth dogged war… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bristle — [bris′əl] n. [ME bristel, metathetic < OE byrst; akin to Ger borste, bristles < IE * bhr̥sti < base * bhar , point, bristle] 1. any short, stiff, prickly hair of an animal or plant 2. a) any of the hairs of a hog or of some other animals …   English World dictionary

  • bristle — bristleless, adj. bristlelike, adj. /bris euhl/, n., v., bristled, bristling. n. 1. one of the short, stiff, coarse hairs of certain animals, esp. hogs, used extensively in making brushes. 2. anything resembling these hairs. v.i. 3. to stand or… …   Universalium

  • bristle — bris|tle1 [ˈbrısəl] n [Date: 1200 1300; : Old English; Origin: byrst bristle ] 1.) [U and C] a short stiff hair that feels rough ▪ His chin was covered with bristles. 2.) a short stiff hair, wire etc that forms part of a brush bristle 2 bristle2 …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • bristle — I UK [ˈbrɪs(ə)l] / US noun [countable] Word forms bristle : singular bristle plural bristles 1) a short stiff hair 2) one of the many stiff fibres or short pieces of wire or plastic in a brush II UK [ˈbrɪs(ə)l] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms …   English dictionary

  • bristle — bris|tle1 [ brısl ] noun count 1. ) one of the many stiff fibers or short pieces of wire or plastic in a brush 2. ) a short stiff hair bristle bris|tle 2 [ brısl ] verb intransitive 1. ) to be angry or offended about something: BRIDLE: bristle at …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Bristle While You Work — Infobox Television episode | Title = Bristle While You Work Series = Frasier Season = 10 Episode = 07 Airdate = 12 November 2002 Production = Writer = Tom Reeder Director = Sheldon Epps Guests = Ana Gasteyer (Trish Haney) Joseph Kell (doctor)… …   Wikipedia

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