verb (used with object), bri·dled, bri·dling.
verb (used without object), bri·dled, bri·dling.
Origin of bridle
Synonyms for bridle
Related Words for bridlecontrol, deterrent, leash, curb, restraint, rein, check, headstall, halter, hackamore, inhibit, subdue, withhold, suppress, govern, rule, repress, restrain, master, constrain
Examples from the Web for bridle
Contemporary Examples of bridle
Israelis may bridle at the vision of a Palestinian state which looks like militias riding in on Jeeps and firing-off rifles.The West Bank Through Chinese Eyes
March 19, 2012
Bridle printed two years' worth of posts in a book, My Life in Tweets, through a self-publishing service.
The retelling developed quite a following, Bridle not included.
Historical Examples of bridle
Stephen caught the bridle, and Ambrose helped the burgess into the saddle.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Take my bridle off the wall, you, Jeff, and throw it at my feet.Way of the Lawless
Alleyne, you will come with me, and lead a spare horse by the bridle.
"It is well," said he, and with a shake of the bridle rode on down the woodland path.
Shandy gave the bridle a swing, and it clattered to the floor from its peg.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Word Origin for bridle
Old English bridel "bridle, rein, curb, restraint," related to bregdan "move quickly," from Proto-Germanic *bregdilaz (see braid (v.)).
"to control, dominate," c.1200, from Old English bridlian "to fit with a bridle," from bridel (see bridle (n.)). Meaning "to throw up the head" (as a horse does when reined in) is from mid-15c. Related: Bridled; bridling.