- part of the tack or harness of a horse, consisting usually of a headstall, bit, and reins.
- anything that restrains or curbs: His common sense is a bridle to his quick temper.
- Machinery. a link, flange, or other attachment for limiting the movement of any part of a machine.
- Nautical. a rope or chain secured at both ends to an object to be held, lifted, or towed, and itself held or lifted by a rope or chain secured at its center.
- a raising up of the head, as in disdain.
- to put a bridle on.
- to control or hold back; restrain; curb.
- to draw up the head and draw in the chin, as in disdain or resentment.
Origin of bridle
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Examples from the Web for bridled
I bridled, too, at the unsolicited advice she persisted in giving my friends.Diane von Furstenberg: Becoming the Woman She Wanted to Be
Diane von Furstenberg
October 15, 2014
When pressed by his vice president—a fellow named Bush—to invade Panama and arrest its corrupt dictator, Reagan bridled.The New GOP Warmongers
March 22, 2011
The horse was saddled and bridled; the groom held the stirrup, and up I got.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
These were all saddled, bridled, and magnificently caparisoned.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
I was not too much abashed to take notice that the Kelpie bridled at this.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
He bridled up at the word "illiterate," and repudiated the vile insinuation.My New Curate
Miss Milliken bridled reproachfully at this slur on her sex.The Girl on the Boat
Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
- a headgear for a horse, etc, consisting of a series of buckled straps and a metal mouthpiece (bit) by which the animal is controlled through the reins
- something that curbs or restrains; check
- a Y-shaped cable, rope, or chain, used for holding, towing, etc
- machinery a device by which the motion of a component is limited, often in the form of a linkage or flange
- (tr) to put a bridle on (a horse, mule, etc)
- (intr) (of a horse) to respond correctly to the pull of the reins
- (tr) to restrain; curbhe bridled his rage
- (intr often foll by at) to show anger, scorn, or indignation
Word Origin and History for bridled
Old English bridel "bridle, rein, curb, restraint," related to bregdan "move quickly," from Proto-Germanic *bregdilaz (see braid (v.)).
"to control, dominate," c.1200, from Old English bridlian "to fit with a bridle," from bridel (see bridle (n.)). Meaning "to throw up the head" (as a horse does when reined in) is from mid-15c. Related: Bridled; bridling.