[bram-buh l]
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  1. any prickly shrub belonging to the genus Rubus, of the rose family.
  2. British. the common blackberry.
  3. any rough, prickly shrub, as the dog rose.
verb (used without object), bram·bled, bram·bling.
  1. British. to look for and gather wild blackberries; pick blackberries from the vine.

Origin of bramble

before 1000; Middle English; Old English bræmbel, variant of brǣmel, equivalent to brǣm- (cognate with Dutch braam broom) + -el noun suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for bramble

prick, shrub, thorn, nettle, spray, burr, hedge, cleaver, furze, gorse, thistle, brier

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British Dictionary definitions for bramble


  1. any of various prickly herbaceous plants or shrubs of the rosaceous genus Rubus, esp the blackberrySee also stone bramble
  2. Scot
    1. a blackberry
    2. (as modifier)bramble jelly
  3. any of several similar and related shrubs
verb (intr)
  1. to gather blackberries
Derived Formsbrambly, adjective

Word Origin for bramble

Old English brǣmbel; related to Old Saxon brāmal, Old High German brāmo
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Word Origin and History for bramble

Old English bræmbel "rough, prickly shrub" (especially the blackberry bush), with euphonic -b-, from earlier bræmel, from Proto-Germanic *bræmaz (see broom).

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