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bristly Line breaks: bris¦tly
Pronunciation: /ˈbrɪsli/

Definition of bristly in English:


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.
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.


Example sentences
  • He wore a red beard, just changed from the down of youth to the bristliness of manhood, and as yet unshaven.
  • My beard sticks out straight from my face, so you can still see my skin underneath - it has none of the bushiness or bristliness of a proper beard.
  • The vegetation of Lower California makes up in bristliness what it lacks in luxuriance.

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