Definition of brindle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbrindl/


1A brownish or tawny color of animal fur, with streaks of other color.
Example sentences
  • The hounds were black, red, silver-grey and brindle, tall and narrow, with tapered muzzles and dark narrow eyes.
  • Their short, close-lying coats most often occur in one color, fawn, or in one pattern, brindle.
  • The classic color is fawn with a black mask, but the breed also comes in pinto, white and brindle.
1.1An animal with a brindled coat.
Example sentences
  • On these brindles you will find good, strong stripes on one side and very light makings on the other.
  • In breeding blue merles to brindles the only colors that really suffer will be the reds and brindles.
  • Most brindles appear striped, although some only have different shades of brown that seem more patchy.


(also brindled)
(Especially of domestic animals) brownish or tawny with streaks of other color: a brindle pup
More example sentences
  • His brindled hide had lost its luster, the short hair mottled by patches of dried blood.
  • He remembered he had often cursed the brindle cow and her mates, and had sometimes flung milking stools.
  • Arnie pointed at a fat brindle cat sitting on top of a stack of hardbacks.
tawny, brownish, brown;
dappled, streaked, mottled, speckled, flecked, marbled


Late 17th century: back-formation from brindled, alteration of Middle English brinded in the same sense, probably of Scandinavian origin.

Words that rhyme with brindle

dwindle, kindle, spindle, swindle, Tyndale

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Syllabification: brin·dle

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