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American English: /ˈbrɪsəl/
British English: /ˈbrɪs(ə)l/

Translation of bristle in Spanish:


countable and uncountable
  • 1
    (on animal) cerda (feminine)
    (on plant) pelo (masculine)
    this brush is genuine bristle
    este cepillo es de pura cerda
    with nylon bristle
    con cerda de nylon
    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.
  • 2 (on human)his face was covered in bristle(s)
    tenía la barba crecida

intransitive verb

  • 1 (stand up)
    ponerse de punta
    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.
    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 (bridle)
    he bristleed
    se erizó
    to bristle at somethingshe bristled at his rudeness
    su grosería la irritó or la enfureció
  • 3 (have many)to bristle with somethingthe place was bristling with tourists
    el lugar estaba repleto de turistas
    el lugar estaba plagado de turistas [derogatory]
    a bristling mustache
    un bigote hirsuto
    to bristle with difficulties
    estar erizado de dificultades
    Example sentences
    • 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.
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