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bridle

[ brahyd-l ]
/ ˈbraɪd l /
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noun
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.
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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

OTHER WORDS FROM bridle

bri·dle·less, adjectivebridler, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH bridle

bridal, bridle
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British Dictionary definitions for bridle

bridle
/ (ˈbraɪdəl) /

noun
verb

Derived forms of bridle

bridler, 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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