bristly

  • 1 Bristly — Bris tly, a. Thick set with bristles, or with hairs resembling bristles; rough. [1913 Webster] The leaves of the black mulberry are somewhat bristly. Bacon. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 bristly — 1590s, from BRISTLE (Cf. bristle) + Y (Cf. y) (2). Figurative sense is recorded from 1872 …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 bristly — [bris′lē] adj. bristlier, bristliest 1. having bristles; rough with bristles 2. bristlelike; prickly bristliness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 bristly — [[t]brɪ̱sli[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Bristly hair is thick and rough. His bristly red hair was standing on end. Syn: stubbly 2) ADJ GRADED If a man s chin is bristly, it is covered with bristles because he has not shaved recently. He lifted… …

    English dictionary

  • 5 bristly — UK [ˈbrɪslɪ] / US adjective Word forms bristly : adjective bristly comparative bristlier superlative bristliest a) bristly hair is short and rough b) bristly skin has short rough hair on it …

    English dictionary

  • 6 bristly — adjective (bristlier; est) Date: 1589 1. a. thickly set with bristles < a bristly shrub > b. consisting of or resembling bristles < a bristly mustache > 2. inclined to or showing …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 7 bristly — bris|tly [ˈbrısli] adj 1.) bristly hair is short and stiff 2.) a bristly part of your body has short stiff hairs on it ▪ a bristly chin …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 8 bristly — bris|tly [ brısli ] adjective bristly hair is short and rough: a bristly mustache a. bristly skin has short rough hair on it …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 9 bristly — adjective 1 bristly hair is short and stiff 2 a bristly part of your body has short stiff hairs on it: a bristly chin …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 bristly — adjective 1) bristly little bushes Syn: prickly, spiky, thorny, scratchy, brambly 2) the bristly skin of his cheek Syn: stubbly, hairy, fuzzy, unshaven, whiskered, whiskery; scratchy …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 11 bristly — bristliness, n. /bris lee/, adj., bristlier, bristliest. 1. covered or rough with bristles. 2. like or resembling bristles. 3. easily antagonized; irascible: a bristly person with few friends. [1585 95; BRISTLE + Y1] * * * …

    Universalium

  • 12 bristly — bristle ► 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) …

    English terms dictionary

  • 13 bristly — adjective covered with bristles …

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  • 14 bristly — Synonyms and related words: acanaceous, aculeolate, barbellate, brambly, briery, bristled, bristling, bushy, cirrose, fleecy, flocculent, furry, fuzzy, glochidiate, hairy, hirsute, hispid, lanate, matted, muricate, pilose, pricking, prickly,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 15 bristly — bris·tly || brɪslɪ adj. stubbly; irritable; having bristles …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 16 bristly — adj prickly, stubbly, stubby, nubby, whiskered, bewhiskered; tipped, prickled, spined, quilled, pointed, barbed, pronged; rough, shaggy, hairy, bearded, comose; horrent, thorny, spiny; All Zool., Bot. trichomic, trichoid, barbellate, hispid,… …

    A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • 17 bristly — bris·tly …

    English syllables

  • 18 bristly — bris•tly [[t]ˈbrɪs li[/t]] adj. tli•er, tli•est 1) cvb covered with bristles 2) cvb like or resembling bristles 3) cvb irascible • Etymology: 1585–95 bris′tli•ness, n …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 bristly — adj. (bristlier, bristliest) full of bristles; rough, prickly …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 20 bristly crab — bristly crab, = horse crab. (Cf. ↑horse crab) …

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