Definition Of bristle


(of hair or fur) stand upright away from the skin, especially in anger or fear.

the hair on the back of his neck bristled

a short stiff hair, typically one of those on an animal's skin, a man's face, or a plant.

I haven't shaved for the day, so short bristles of my beard pepper my chin.

be covered with or abundant in.

the roof bristled with antennas

Example Of bristle

  • A brush with millions of bristles was tickling my face.

  • Ambrose was bristling in anger at the doctor's comment, so for a moment he could say nothing.

  • Andrew bristled at being told what his subject was and wasn't going to do.

  • Apply the finish with a natural bristle brush in a steady and smooth manner.

  • ‘You make us sound like pets,’ said Ternora, bristling a little.

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