an Old World finch, Fringilla montifringilla, the male of which is black and white with a reddish-brown breast.

Origin of brambling

1560–70; earlier bramlin (bram- (variant of broom) + -lin -ling1); akin to German Brämling


[bram-buh l]


any prickly shrub belonging to the genus Rubus, of the rose family.
British. the common blackberry.
any rough, prickly shrub, as the dog rose.

verb (used without object), bram·bled, bram·bling.

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. 2019

Related Words for brambling

stumble, bungle, bobble, jumble, veil, muffle, blunder, bramble

Examples from the Web for brambling

Historical Examples of brambling

  • In February, 1911, a brambling was brought to me for identification.

    In a Cheshire Garden

    Geoffrey Egerton-Warburton

British Dictionary definitions for brambling



a Eurasian finch, Fringilla montifringilla, with a speckled head and back and, in the male, a reddish brown breast and darker wings and tail



any of various prickly herbaceous plants or shrubs of the rosaceous genus Rubus, esp the blackberrySee also stone bramble
  1. a blackberry
  2. (as modifier)bramble jelly
any of several similar and related shrubs

verb (intr)

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 brambling



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper