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 bridledcontrol, inhibit, subdue, withhold, suppress, govern, rule, repress, restrain, master, curb, constrain, moderate
Examples from the Web for bridled
Contemporary Examples of bridled
I bridled, too, at the unsolicited advice she persisted in giving my friends.Diane von Furstenberg: Becoming the Woman She Wanted to Be
Diane von Furstenberg
October 15, 2014
When pressed by his vice president—a fellow named Bush—to invade Panama and arrest its corrupt dictator, Reagan bridled.The New GOP Warmongers
March 22, 2011
Historical Examples of bridled
The horse was saddled and bridled; the groom held the stirrup, and up I got.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
These were all saddled, bridled, and magnificently caparisoned.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
I was not too much abashed to take notice that the Kelpie bridled at this.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
He bridled up at the word "illiterate," and repudiated the vile insinuation.My New Curate
Miss Milliken bridled reproachfully at this slur on her sex.The Girl on the Boat
Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
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.