- 1A short stiff hair, typically one of those on an animal’s skin, a man’s face, or a plant.More example sentences
- I haven't shaved for the day, so short bristles of my beard pepper my chin.
- His lip, covered with short bristles, quavered slightly.
- Golden bristles stubbled his cheeks and jaw and his hair needed a quick comb.
- 1.1A stiff animal hair, or a man-made substitute, used to make a brush: a toothbrush with nylon bristles the heads are made with natural bristleMore example sentences
- Try a brush with synthetic bristles, not natural ones.
- Flip your head back up then smooth the top layer of your hair with a natural bristle brush.
- Start by using a soft boar's head brush or similar natural bristle brush on your hair.
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- 1(Of hair or fur) stand upright away from the skin, especially in anger or fear: the hair on the back of his neck bristledMore example sentences
- She stood with her fur bristling as she watched a form race across the hills towards them.
- Elanor was peering in the doorway, her fur bristling.
- Ayane shot up to a sitting position, back ramrod-straight and fur bristling.
- 1.1Make one’s hair or fur stand on end: the cat bristled in annoyanceMore example sentences
- The tall, dark stranger strode towards Alita as the wolf bristled and growled.
- But in the corner the ape was bristling, and a certain point he snapped.
- The cats sat right on the door frame, tensely bristling at the world beyond.
- 1.2React angrily or defensively, typically by drawing oneself up: she bristled at his rudenessMore example sentences
- There was a subtle change in Adair towards defensive and Tristin stared at her as she almost bristled at him.
- At a press conference, the foreign secretary bristled at the suggestion he would be taking a message to New Delhi.
- Her lawyers bristled at suggestions there may be no other willing witnesses to bring.
- 2 (bristle with) Be covered with or abundant in: the roof bristled with antennasMore example sentences
abound, overflow, be full, be packed, be crowded, be jammed, be covered• informal be thick, be jam-packed, be chock-full
- They bristled with weapons and were covered from head to foot in thick armor.
- In the beginning, the area had been crawling with soldiers and bristling with guns.
- It's nondescript, faceless - yet bristling with hubris.
Middle English: from Old English byrst (of Germanic origin, related to German Borste) + -le1.