bristle

  • 1Bristle — 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

  • 2Bristle — 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

  • 3bristle — [n] short, prickly hair barb, feeler, fiber, point, prickle, quill, spine, stubble, thorn, vibrissa, whisker; concept 418 bristle [v] become upset, excited be angry, be infuriated, be maddened, blow up*, boil, boil over, bridle, flare, flare up,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 4bristle — ► NOUN 1) a short, stiff hair on an animal s skin or a man s face. 2) a stiff animal or artificial hair, used to make a brush. ► VERB 1) (of hair or fur) stand upright away from the skin. 2) react angrily or defensively. 3) (bristle with) be… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5bristle — [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

  • 6Bristle — Bris tle (br[i^]s s l), n. [OE. bristel, brustel, AS. bristl, byrst; akin to D. borstel, OHG. burst, G. borste, Icel. burst, Sw. borst, and to Skr. bh[.r]shti edge, point, and prob, L. fastigium extremity, Gr. a flaston stern of a ship, and E.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7bristle — index resent Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 8bristle — vb bridle, *strut, swagger Analogous words: preen, plume *pride, pique: evince, manifest, *show, evidence: flaunt, parade, display, exhibit (see SHOW) Contrasted words: conceal, *hide, bury …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 9Bristle — A bristle is a stiff hair or feather. Also used are synthetic materials such as nylon or straw in items such as brooms and sweepers. Bristles are often used to make brushes for cleaning uses, as they are strongly abrasive; common examples include …

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  • 10bristle — 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

  • 11bristle — {{11}}bristle (n.) O.E. byrst bristle, with metathesis of r , from P.Gmc. *bors (Cf. M.Du. borstel, Ger. borste), from PIE *bhrsti from root *bhar point, bristle (Cf. Skt. bhrstih point, spike ). With el, dim. suffix. {{12}}bristle ( …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 12bristle — 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

  • 13bristle — v. 1) (D; intr.) to bristle at (he bristled at the remark) 2) (D; intr.) to bristle with (she bristled with anger) * * * [ brɪs(ə)l] (D; intr.) to bristle at (he bristled at the remark) (D; intr.) to bristle with (she bristled with anger) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 14bristle — 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

  • 15bristle — I. noun Etymology: Middle English bristil, from brust bristle, from Old English byrst; akin to Old High German burst bristle, and perhaps to Latin fastigium top Date: 14th century a short stiff coarse hair or filament • bristlelike adjective II.… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16bristle — 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

  • 17bristle — Synonyms and related words: Vandyke, acuminate, aggravate, anger, annoy, arise, arouse, badger, bait, barb, barbel, be alive, be at, be keen, beard, beaver, bedevil, beset, bite, blow up, boil, boil over, bother, bramble, bridle, bridle up, brier …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18bristle — [[t]brɪ̱s(ə)l[/t]] bristles, bristling, bristled 1) N COUNT: usu pl Bristles are the short hairs that grow on a man s chin after he has shaved. The hairs on the top of a man s head can also be called bristles when they are cut very short. ...two… …

    English dictionary

  • 19bristle — I. v. a. 1. Point with a bristle, fasten a bristle on. 2. Make bristly, roughen, erect in bristles, corrugate, bethorn, bespine, ruffle. II. v. n. 1. Stand on end, stand up like bristles. 2. Be horrent. 3. [With up.] Become irrita …

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  • 20bristle —   Wanao a, ōkala; pōniho (as sea urchins)    ♦ bristle with anger, pi i ka heu, ūlepe; pūniho (rare).    ♦ Chin whiskers bristle, ōkalakala nā hulu auwae (of ranting) …

    English-Hawaiian dictionary