[ uh-bris-uh l ]
/ əˈbrɪs əl /

adverb, adjective

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


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Origin of abristle

First recorded in 1915–20; a-1 + bristle

Words nearby abristle

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Example sentences 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.