Definition of bristly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbrislē/


1(Of hair or foliage) having a stiff and prickly texture.
Example sentences
  • The bristly hair in your mustache prickles my skin, itching a bit.
  • Mr. Gershwin, a rather catlike man with an intelligent face and bristly whiskers, began.
  • My eyes were closed to avoid getting jabbed by the bristly grass blades.
prickly, spiky, thorny, scratchy, brambly
stubbly, hairy, fuzzy, unshaven, whiskered, whiskery;
scratchy, rough, coarse, prickly;
Biology  setaceous, hispid
1.1Covered with short stiff hairs: he rubbed his bristly chin
More example sentences
  • He was a short man with long unkempt hair and a bristly unshaved chin.
  • The seeds of the castor plant have a bristly outer cover.
  • He had dark wavy hair, dark blue eyes and a bristly chin.

Words that rhyme with bristly


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Syllabification: bris·tly

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