bristle (plural bristles)
- A stiff or coarse hair.
- the bristles of a pig
- The hairs or other filaments that make up a brush, broom, or similar item.
- French: soie
- German: Borste
- Italian: pelo ispido, barba corta ispida
- Portuguese: cerda
- Russian: щети́на
- Spanish: cerda
bristle (bristles, present participle bristling; past and past participle bristled)
- To rise or stand erect, like bristles.
- 1805, Walter Scott, The Lay of the Last Minstrel:
- His hair did bristle upon his head.
- To appear as if covered with bristles; to have standing, thick and erect, like bristles.
- the hill of La Haye Sainte bristling with ten thousand bayonets
- 18, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 2, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (
please specify ), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323 ↗:
- (with at) To be on one's guard or raise one's defenses; to react with fear, suspicion, or distance.
- c. 1596, William Shakespeare, “The Life and Death of King Iohn”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene iii]:
- Now for the bare-picked bone of majesty / Doth dogged war bristle his angry crest.
- The employees bristled at the prospect of working through the holidays.
- To fix a bristle to.
- to bristle a thread
- IPA: /ˈbɹɪs.ɫ/
- (slang, humorous) Bristol, England (in imitation of the local dialect)
, Krek Waiter, Peak Bristle.
- Correct Way to Speak Bristol.