Origin of brier1
Origin of brier2
noun Usually Disparaging.
Origin of brier3
Examples from the Web for brier
Democrats want to be thrown in that brier patch—it might be their best chance to win the midterms.
Lampe fled through bush and brier, Petz always close upon his heels.The Russian Grandmother's Wonder Tales|Louise Seymour Houghton
And he sat there until he had bitten clean through the amber mouthpiece, so that the brier bowl fell clattering to the floor.The Younger Set|Robert W. Chambers
But occasionally a substantial ball of dead leaves will be noticed, swung amid a tangle of brier.The Log of the Sun|William Beebe
The plants in all these are either a brier and a rose, or a brier and a birk.
As soon as they had gone out of my hearing I emerged from the brier thicket.Biography of a Slave|Charles Thompson
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).