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bristly

Line breaks: bris¦tly
Pronunciation: /ˈbrɪsli
 
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Definition of bristly in English:

adjective

1(Of hair or foliage) having a stiff and prickly texture: he washed his bristly black hair the dunes were dotted with bristly little bushes
More 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.
Synonyms
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.

Derivatives

bristliness

1
noun
Example sentences
  • The awful bristliness of my still-unshaven face had now surpassed mere "designer stubble" and passed into the unforgivable realms of "actually a beard".
  • His bristliness and weaknesses were only the reverse side of his splendid qualities.
  • The vegetation of Lower California makes up in bristliness what it lacks in luxuriance.

Words that rhyme with bristly

gristly

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