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[ uh-bris-uh l ]
/ əˈbrɪs əl /

adverb, adjective

in a bristling state: an angry dog with its hairs abristle.

Nearby words

abridge, abridged, abridgement, abridgment, abrin, abristle, abroach, abroad, abrogable, abrogate, abrogation

Origin of abristle

First recorded in 1915–20; a-1 + bristle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for abristle

  • Ruff abristle, head down, snowy fangs glinting from under his upwrithing lip, young Jeff flew to meet him like a fluffy catapult.

    Buff: A Collie and other dog-stories|Albert Payson Terhune