[ brahyd-l ]
/ ˈbraɪd l /


verb (used with object), bri·dled, bri·dling.

to put a bridle on.
to control or hold back; restrain; curb.

verb (used without object), bri·dled, bri·dling.

to draw up the head and draw in the chin, as in disdain or resentment.

Nearby words

  1. bridgman,
  2. bridgman, percy williams,
  3. bridgmanite,
  4. bridgwater,
  5. bridie,
  6. bridle hand,
  7. bridle joint,
  8. bridle path,
  9. bridle suture,
  10. bridlewise

Origin of bridle

before 900; Middle English bridel, Old English brīdel for brigdels, equivalent to brigd- (variant stem of bregdan to braid) + -els noun suffix; akin to Dutch breidel, Old High German brittel

Related formsbri·dle·less, adjectivebri·dler, noun

Can be confusedbridal bridle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bridle


/ (ˈbraɪdəl) /



Derived Formsbridler, noun

Word Origin for bridle

Old English brigdels; related to bregdan to braid 1, Old High German brittil, Middle Low German breidel

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