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bristle

Synonyms of bristle in English:

noun

  • 1 the bristles on his chin
    hair, whisker;
    (bristles)stubble, five o'clock shadow;
    Zoology seta/setae
  • 2 a hedgehog's bristles
    spine, prickle, quill, barb
  • verb

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  • 1 the hair on the back of his neck bristled
    rise, stand up, stand on end
    literary horripilate
  • 2 she bristled at his tone
    take offense, bridle, take umbrage, be affronted, be offended;
    get angry, be irritated
  • 3 the roof bristled with antennas
    abound, overflow, be full, be packed, be crowded, be jammed, be covered
    informal be thick, be jam-packed, be chock-full
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    Pronunciation: ˈɔːθəʊɛpi
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