bristle


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

bris·tle

 (brĭs′əl)
n.
1. A stiff hair.
2. A stiff hairlike structure: the bristles of a wire brush.
v. bris·tled, bris·tling, bris·tles
v.intr.
1. To stand stiffly on end like bristles: The hair on the dog's neck bristled.
2. To raise the bristles: The cat bristled at the sight of the large dog.
3. To react in an angry or offended manner: The author bristled at the suggestion of plagiarism.
4. To be covered or thick with or as if with bristles: The path bristled with thorns.
v.tr.
1. To cause to stand erect like bristles; stiffen.
2. To furnish or supply with bristles.
3. To make bristly; ruffle.

[Middle English bristel, probably from Old English *byrstel, from byrst, bristle.]

bristle

(ˈbrɪsəl)
n
1. (Biology) any short stiff hair of an animal or plant
2. something resembling these hairs: toothbrush bristle.
vb
3. (when: intr, often foll by up) to stand up or cause to stand up like bristles: the angry cat's fur bristled.
4. (sometimes foll by: up) to show anger, indignation, etc: she bristled at the suggestion.
5. (intr) to be thickly covered or set: the target bristled with arrows.
6. (intr) to be in a state of agitation or movement: the office was bristling with activity.
7. (tr) to provide with a bristle or bristles
[C13 bristil, brustel, from earlier brust, from Old English byrst; related to Old Norse burst, Old High German borst]
ˈbristly adj

bris•tle

(ˈbrɪs əl)

n., v. -tled, -tling. n.
1. one of the short, stiff, coarse hairs of certain animals, esp. hogs, used in making brushes.
2. anything resembling these hairs.
v.i.
3. to stand or rise stiffly, like bristles.
4. to erect the bristles, as an irritated animal.
5. to become rigid with anger or irritation.
6. to be thickly set with something suggestive of bristles: The plain bristled with bayonets.
v.t.
7. to erect like bristles.
8. to furnish with bristles.
9. to make bristly.
[before 1000; Middle English bristel]
bris′tle•less, adj.
bris′tle•like`, adj.

bristle


Past participle: bristled
Gerund: bristling

Imperative
bristle
bristle
Present
I bristle
you bristle
he/she/it bristles
we bristle
you bristle
they bristle
Preterite
I bristled
you bristled
he/she/it bristled
we bristled
you bristled
they bristled
Present Continuous
I am bristling
you are bristling
he/she/it is bristling
we are bristling
you are bristling
they are bristling
Present Perfect
I have bristled
you have bristled
he/she/it has bristled
we have bristled
you have bristled
they have bristled
Past Continuous
I was bristling
you were bristling
he/she/it was bristling
we were bristling
you were bristling
they were bristling
Past Perfect
I had bristled
you had bristled
he/she/it had bristled
we had bristled
you had bristled
they had bristled
Future
I will bristle
you will bristle
he/she/it will bristle
we will bristle
you will bristle
they will bristle
Future Perfect
I will have bristled
you will have bristled
he/she/it will have bristled
we will have bristled
you will have bristled
they will have bristled
Future Continuous
I will be bristling
you will be bristling
he/she/it will be bristling
we will be bristling
you will be bristling
they will be bristling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been bristling
you have been bristling
he/she/it has been bristling
we have been bristling
you have been bristling
they have been bristling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been bristling
you will have been bristling
he/she/it will have been bristling
we will have been bristling
you will have been bristling
they will have been bristling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been bristling
you had been bristling
he/she/it had been bristling
we had been bristling
you had been bristling
they had been bristling
Conditional
I would bristle
you would bristle
he/she/it would bristle
we would bristle
you would bristle
they would bristle
Past Conditional
I would have bristled
you would have bristled
he/she/it would have bristled
we would have bristled
you would have bristled
they would have bristled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bristle - a stiff fiber (coarse hair or filament); natural or synthetic
brush - an implement that has hairs or bristles firmly set into a handle
fiber, fibre - a slender and greatly elongated substance capable of being spun into yarn
2.bristle - a stiff hair
hair - a filamentous projection or process on an organism
Verb1.bristle - be in a state of movement or actionbristle - be in a state of movement or action; "The room abounded with screaming children"; "The garden bristled with toddlers"
feature, have - have as a feature; "This restaurant features the most famous chefs in France"
2.bristle - rise up as in fear; "The dog's fur bristled"; "It was a sight to make one's hair uprise!"
3.bristle - have or be thickly covered with or as if with bristles; "bristling leaves"
feature, have - have as a feature; "This restaurant features the most famous chefs in France"
4.bristle - react in an offended or angry manner; "He bristled at her suggestion that he should teach her how to use the program"
react, respond - show a response or a reaction to something

bristle

noun
1. hair, spine, thorn, whisker, barb, stubble, prickle two days' growth of bristles
2. point, spur, needle, spike, spine, thorn, barb, prickle It has a short stumpy tail covered with bristles.
verb
1. stand up, rise, prickle, stand on end, horripilate It makes the hair on the nape of my neck bristle.
2. be angry, rage, seethe, flare up, bridle, see red, be infuriated, spit (informal), go ballistic (slang, chiefly U.S.), be maddened, wig out (slang), get your dander up (slang) He bristled with indignation.
3. abound, crawl, be alive, hum, swarm, teem, be thick The country bristles with armed groups.

bristle

verb
1. To be or become angry:
Informal: steam.
Idioms: blow a fuse, blow a gasket, blow one's stack, breathe fire, fly off the handle, get hot under the collar, hit the ceiling, lose one's temper, see red.
2. To be abundantly filled or richly supplied:
Translations
شَعْرٌ خَشِنُ
chlupštětina
børstebørstehår
sörte
burst, stinnt hár
šeriaišeriuotasšerysšiurkštus
sari
kocinaščetina
sert kıl

bristle

[ˈbrɪsl]
A. N [of brush, on animal] → cerda f; [of beard] bristle(s)barba f (incipiente)
B. VI
1. [hair etc] → erizarse, ponerse de punta
to bristle with (fig) → estar erizado de
he bristled with angerse enfureció
2. (fig) [person] → resentirse (at de)
C. CPD bristle brush Ncepillo m de púas

bristle

[ˈbrɪsəl]
npoil m
vi
[hair] → se hérisser
bristling with → hérissé(e) de
to bristle with sth (fig) (= have a large number) → grouiller de qch
to bristle at sth → se hérisser à qch

bristle

n (of brush, boar etc)Borste f; (of beard)Stoppel f
vi
(animal’s hair)sich sträuben; the dog bristleddem Hund sträubte sich das Fell
(fig, person) → zornig werden; to bristle with angervor Wut schnauben
(fig) to be bristling with peoplevon or vor Leuten wimmeln; bristling with difficultiesmit Schwierigkeiten gespickt; the dress was bristling with pinsdas Kleid steckte voller Nadeln; the soldiers bristled with weaponsdie Soldaten waren bis an die Zähne bewaffnet

bristle

[ˈbrɪsl]
1. n (of beard, animal) → pelo; (of boar, brush) → setola
pure bristle brush → spazzola di pura setola
brush with nylon bristles → spazzola di nylon
2. vi (also bristle up) → rizzarsi
to bristle with (fig) (pins, difficulties) → essere irto/a di (policemen, guards) → brulicare di
he bristled with anger → fremeva di rabbia

bristle

(ˈbrisl) noun
a short, stiff hair on an animal or brush. The dog's bristles rose when it was angry.
ˈbristly adjective
having bristles; rough. a bristly moustache.

bristle

n (of a brush) cerda; soft-bristle de cerda suave; stiff-bristle o hard-bristle de cerda dura
References in classic literature ?
"Tie my shoe, Bristle," said the King to the Keeper of the Wicket.
"Bristle, you may wait outside, in case I want you."
He then summoned Bristle and said to him: "Assemble all the nobility in the great reception hall, and also tell Blinkem that I want him immediately."
"Whenever I am angry, you rise and bristle; when I am pleased, you wag; when I am alarmed, you tuck yourself in out of danger.
Don Quixote and Sancho were overwhelmed with amazement, and the bystanders lost in astonishment, while the Trifaldi went on to say: "Thus did that malevolent villain Malambruno punish us, covering the tenderness and softness of our faces with these rough bristles! Would to heaven that he had swept off our heads with his enormous scimitar instead of obscuring the light of our countenances with these wool-combings that cover us!
One voyager in Purchas calls them the wondrous whiskers inside of the whale's mouth; another, hogs' bristles; a third old gentleman in Hackluyt uses the following elegant language: There are about two hundred and fifty fins growing on each side of his upper chop, which arch over his tongue on each side of his mouth.
whistles and, wearing silken bristles, live ever in clover, and
As he noted the vicious, wolflike temper of his comrades he had a sweet thought that if the enemy was about to swallow the regimental broom as a large prisoner, it could at least have the consolation of going down with bristles for- ward.
I fastened my fingers in the bristles at his neck and turned my eyes in the direction that his pointed.
The behaviour was first noted at the zoo a few years ago, when a female hamadryas baboon was seen using a bristle from an old broom to floss.
Charlotte Morgan, an animal behaviour student at the University of Exeter, spotted the primates cleaning between their teeth at Paignton Zoo Environmental The behaviour was first noted at the zoo a few years ago, when a female hamadryas baboon was seen using a bristle from an old broom to floss.
Also, let 2018 be known as the year the toilet brush was redesigned and that bristle brushes are O.U.T.