Origin of brier1
Origin of brier2
noun Usually Disparaging.
Origin of brier3
Related Words for briershrubbery, tree, foliage, hedge, thicket, topiary, prick, shrub, thorn, nettle, spray, burr, cleaver, furze, gorse, thistle, brier, point, spine, barb
Examples from the Web for brier
Contemporary Examples of brier
Democrats want to be thrown in that brier patch—it might be their best chance to win the midterms.The Absurd Impeachment Feedback Loop
July 28, 2014
Historical Examples of brier
As soon as they had gone out of my hearing I emerged from the brier thicket.Biography of a Slave
Trudy was keen as a brier whenever her own realm was threatened.The Gorgeous Girl
It is your right,” said his daughter, quietly; “the Brier Brook swales were yours.A Young Man in a Hurry
Robert W. Chambers
It must be lovely there, and the change will make you as keen as a brier for business.The Golden House
Charles Dudley Warner
Hidden by brier and eglantine, they are fast losing all traces of cultivation.Sylvie: souvenirs du Valois
Grard de Nerval
Word Origin for brier
"thorny shrub, heath," 1540s, variant of Middle English brere, from Old English brer (Anglian), brær (West Saxon) "brier, bramble, prickly bush," of unknown origin. Briar is the most recent variant (c.1600). Originally used of prickly, thorny bushes in general, now mostly restricted to wild rose bushes. Used figuratively (in plural) for "troubles" from c.1500.
type of tobacco pipe introduced to England c.1859 and made from the root of a certain shrub, 1868, from French bruyère "heath plant," from Old French bruiere "heather, briar, heathland, moor" (12c.), from Gallo-Romance *brucaria, from *brucus "heather," from Gaulish (cf. Breton brug "heath," Old Irish froech). Form altered in English by influence of brier (n.1).