Definition of brindle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbrɪnd(ə)l/


[mass noun]
1A brownish or tawny colour of animal fur, with streaks of other colour: coat colours included red, brindle, and yellowish cream
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  • 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.
1.1 [count noun] An animal with a brindle coat: he is hoping the speedy brindle can retain the cup
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  • 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 a domestic animal) brownish or tawny with streaks of other colour: a brindle pup
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  • 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.


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

Words that rhyme with brindle

dwindle, kindle, spindle, swindle, Tyndale

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Line breaks: brin¦dle

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