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  1. a brindled coloring.
  2. a brindled animal.
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  1. brindled.
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Origin of brindle

First recorded in 1670–80; back formation from brindled
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Related Words for brindle

spotted, checkered, motley, variegated, parti-colored, stipple, freckle, sprinkle, speck, variegate, spot, flake, patch, fleck, mosaic, dapple, dot, besprinkle, pepper

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Historical Examples of brindle

  • Brindle galloped through the yard, and out at the open gate.

    Paul Prescott's Charge

    Horatio Alger

  • The brindle bulldog from Kennedy's farm had heard the unequal race.

    Tess of the Storm Country

    Grace Miller White

  • The brindle bull capered about her as she slid through the wires.

    Tess of the Storm Country

    Grace Miller White

  • Let me see, Terry; Brindle wore a bell round her neck, didn't she?

  • When he awoke he asked for some gruel, and then he remembered Brindle Cow.

    Sandman's Goodnight Stories

    Abbie Phillips Walker

British Dictionary definitions for brindle


  1. a brindled animal
  2. a brindled colouring
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Word Origin for brindle

C17: back formation from brindled
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Word Origin and History for brindle


1670s; see brindled.

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