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bristle Explained

bristle at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


bristle at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

O.E. byrst "bristles," with metathesis of -r-, from P.Gmc. *bors- (cf. M.Du. borstel), from PIE *bhrsti- from base *bhar- "point, bristle" (cf. Skt. bhrstih "point, spike"). With -el, dim. suffix. The verb "become angry or excited" is 1549, from the way animals show fight. ///

bristle at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [Date: 1200-1300; Language: Old English; Origin: byrst 'bristle']//
1 [U and C] a short stiff hair that feels rough: --His chin was covered with bristles.//
2 [C] a short stiff hair, wire etc that forms part of a brush:
bristle 2 v [I]
1 to behave in a way that shows you are very angry or annoyed: bristle with rage/indignation etc // --John pushed back his chair, bristling with rage.// bristle at// --He bristled at her rudeness.//
2 if an animal's hair bristles, it stands up stiffly because the animal is afraid or angry: bristle with [bristle with sth] phr v// to have a lot of something or be full of something// --a battleship bristling with guns//

bristle at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

172 Moby Thesaurus words for "bristle":
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, bristle up, bristle with, bristles,
brown off, bug, bullyrag, burn, burn up, burr, cactus, capillament,
catchweed, chafe, chivy, cilium, cleavers, coat, cock up,
corrugate, crawl, crinkle, crumple, cut, devil, discompose,
distemper, disturb, dog, down, embitter, exasperate, exercise,
fash, flare up, fleece, flip out, fret, fume, fur, get, get mad,
get sore, get up, goatee, goose grass, gripe, hair, harass, harry,
have an edge, heckle, hector, horripilate, horsehair, hound, huff,
imperial, incense, inflame, irk, irritate, jump up, mane, miff,
molest, nag, needle, nettle, nudzh, peach fuzz, peeve, pelt,
persecute, pester, pick on, pile, pine needle, pique, plague,
pluck the beard, pother, prick, prickle, provoke, pubescence,
pubic hair, quill, rage, ramp, rankle, reach boiling point, rear,
rear up, ride, rile, rise, rise up, roil, ruffle, rumple, see red,
seethe, set on edge, set up, seta, setula, setule, shag,
side whiskers, sit bolt upright, sit up, spicule, spiculum, spike,
spikelet, spine, stand up, stick, stick up, sticker, sting,
stir the blood, stir up, striga, stubble, swarm, tease, teem,
thistle, thorn, torment, try the patience, tuft, tweak the nose,
upheave, uprear, uprise, vex, whisker, whiskers, wool, work up,
worry, wrinkle, yucca

bristle at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

noun, verb

1 a short stiff hair:
the bristles on his chin

2 one of the short stiff hairs or wires in a brush
verb [V]
1 ~ (with sth) (at sth) to suddenly become very annoyed or offended at what sb says or does:
His lies made her bristle with rage.
2 (of an animal's fur) to stand up on the back and neck because the animal is frightened or angry
bristle with sth (written) to contain a large number of sth:
The whole subject bristles with problems. * The newspapers bristled with tributes to the general.

Bristle at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Bristle \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. brush, burr, perh. to brad. [root]96.]
1. A short, stiff, coarse hair, as on the back of swine.

2. (Bot.) A stiff, sharp, roundish hair. --Gray.

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.

Now for the bare-picked bone of majesty Doth dogged
war bristle his angry crest. --Shak.

Boy, bristle thy courage up. --Shak.

2. To fix a bristle to; as, to bristle a thread.

Bristle \Bris"tle\, v. i.
1. To rise or stand erect, like bristles.

His hair did bristle upon his head. --Sir W.

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

The hill of La Haye Sainte bristling with ten
thousand bayonets. --Thackeray.

Ports bristling with thousands of masts. --Macaulay.

3. To show defiance or indignation.

{To bristle up}, to show anger or defiance.

bristle at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

v 1: be in a state of movement or action; "The room abounded with
screaming children"; "The garden bristled with toddlers"
[syn: {abound}, {burst}]
2: rise up as in fear; "The dog's fur bristled"; "It was a
sight to make one's hair uprise!" [syn: {uprise}, {stand

n 1: a stiff fiber (coarse hair or filament); natural or
2: a stiff hair

bristle at English (WD) Of Explained:



* Inter: IPA » /ˈbrɪs.əl/
  • Inter: rhymes » ɪsəl


    From Inter: etyl » enm Inter: term » bristil|lang=enm, Inter: term » brustel|lang=enm, diminutive of Inter: term » brust|lang=enm, from Inter: etyl » ang Inter: term » byrst|lang=ang, from Inter: etyl » gem-pro|en Inter: recons » burstiz|lang=gem-pro (compare Dutch Inter: term » borstel|lang=nl, German Inter: term » Borste|lang=de ‘boar's bristle’, Icelandic Inter: term » burst|lang=is), from Inter: etyl » ine-pro|en Inter: recons » bʰr̥stís|lang=ine-pro (compare Middle Irish Inter: term » brostaim|lang=mga ‘I goad, spur’, Latin Inter: term » fastigium|fastīgium|lang=la ‘top’, Polish Inter: term » barszcz|lang=pl ‘hogweed’).


    Inter: en-nou » n

  • A stiff or coarse hair.
    1. The hair or straws that make up a brush, broom, or similar item.
    2. Inter: slan » g A humorous misspelling of Bristol, in imitation of the local dialect in the English city of that name,
    3. Krek Waiter, Peak Bristle.
    4. : Correct Way to Speak Bristol.

      Derived terms

      * Inter: l » en|bristlet


      Inter: trans-top » a stiff or coarse hair

  • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|четина|f|tr=četina
  • Dutch: Inter: t- » nl|stoppelhaar
  • Italian: Inter: t- » it|pelo ispido, Inter: t- » it|barba corta ispida
  • Polish: Inter: t- » pl|szczecina|f, Inter: t+ » pl|sierść|f
  • Portuguese: Inter: t- » pt|cerda|f
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|щетина|f|tr=ščetína|sc=Cyrl

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Serbo-Croatian:
    • : Roman: Inter: t- » sh|čekinja|f, Inter: t- » sh|kostret, Inter: t- » sh|kostrijet, Inter: t- » sh|četina|f, Inter: t- » sh|osje
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|cerda|f
    • Turkish: Inter: t- » tr|sert kıl

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » the hair or straws that make up a brush, broom, or similar item
    • Dutch: Inter: t- » nl|borstelhaar
    • Italian: Inter: t- » it|setola|f, Inter: t+ » it|setole|p
    • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|włosie|n

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Portuguese: Inter: t- » pt|cerda|f
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|щетина|f|tr=ščetína|sc=Cyrl
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|cerda|f

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: checktrans-to » p
    • Inter: ttbc » Danish: børste {{c}}

    Inter: trans-botto » m


    Inter: en-verb » bristl|ing
  • To be on one's guard or raise one's defenses; to react with fear, suspicion, or distance.
    1. : The employees bristled at the prospect of working through the holidays.


      Inter: trans-top » to be on one's guard

  • Dutch: Inter: t- » nl|recht overeind staan, Inter: t- » nl|stekelig reageren

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m

    Derived terms

    * bristling


    * blister
    • riblets

    Translation: cy » bristle
    Translation: et » bristle
    Translation: eo » bristle
    Translation: fa » bristle
    Translation: fr » bristle
    Translation: ko » bristle
    Translation: io » bristle
    Translation: kn » bristle
    Translation: lt » bristle
    Translation: hu » bristle
    Translation: ml » bristle
    Translation: my » bristle
    Translation: pl » bristle
    Translation: pt » bristle
    Translation: fi » bristle
    Translation: ta » bristle
    Translation: te » bristle
    Translation: vi » bristle
    Translation: zh » bristle