[ brahyd-l-wahyz ]

  1. (of a horse) obedient to a touch of the reins on the neck, without pressure of the bit on the mouth.

Origin of bridlewise

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30; bridle + wise1

Words Nearby bridlewise Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use bridlewise in a sentence

  • Being bridlewise, he rode right for Seven Mile to make dead sure of his alibi, whilst the others made their getaway with the loot.

    Mavericks | William MacLeod Raine
  • And when they're bridlewise and all, you can bring 'em in and get more.

    Skyrider | B. M. Bower

British Dictionary definitions for bridlewise


/ (ˈbraɪdəlˌwaɪz) /

  1. US (of a horse) obedient to the pressure of the reins on the neck rather than to the bit

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