bristle bristle  /b ˈrɪ səl/


  1. (n) a stiff hair
  2. (v) rise up as in fear
  3. (v) react in an offended or angry manner
  4. (n) a stiff fiber (coarse hair or filament); natural or synthetic
  5. (v) be in a state of movement or action
  6. (v) have or be thickly covered with or as if with bristles


Derived Word(s)


  1. It was named the bristle-thighed curlew, Numenius tahitiensis.
  2. His thrillers are romantic, his romances thrilling, and all of them bristle with literary references and big questions about love and life.
  3. Of course, the mere suggestion that the Atkins diet and others like it are worthy of scientific attention still makes many experts bristle.


  1. Quenneville in rare Chicago coaching air

    Joins Halas, Jackson, Chance as only men to lead one team to multiple titles BOSTON — He is in the pantheon now, making his case for a cigar-chomping, bristle-lipped place alongside the greatest coaches to lead the greatest teams in Chicago sports history.        
    on June 25, 2013     Source: Chicago Tribune

  2. Buy-and-Hold is Dead .... Long Live Buy-and-Hold

    In recent years, buy-and-hold has suffered its share of slings and arrows by those with novel theories. As an income investor, I bristle at the impertinence.
    on June 24, 2013     Source: Wyatt Investment Research via Yahoo! Finance

  3. Three Ways Brush Factories Are Surviving In America

    The cheapest place to make brushes these days is China. But there are still people pressing bristles into brushes in a factory in the Bronx, and in small plants across the country.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: NPR

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definition of bristle


  1. "As much as the president might bristle about the term ...... it's really hard to argue that this isn'ta fundamental transformation of our economy to look more like European-style socialism," Pence concluded.
    on Mar 11, 2009 By: Mike Pence Source: Miramichi Leader

  2. "There are some who bristle at the notion that faith has a place in the public square," Obama said. "But the fact is leaders in both parties have recognized the value of a partnership between the White House and faith-based groups."
    on Jul 1, 2008 By: Barack Obama Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

  3. "The one word that we bristle at is `spoof,'" said Wright, whose first film was a loving homage to the zombie classic "Dawn of the Dead"; with "Hot Fuzz," he takes on the cop genre. "And only because unfortunately `spoof' seems to have become...
    on Apr 20, 2007 By: Edgar Wright Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

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