[ brin-dld ]
/ ˈbrɪn dld /


gray or tawny with darker streaks or spots.

Nearby words

  1. brimming,
  2. brimstone,
  3. brinded,
  4. brindisi,
  5. brindle,
  6. brindley,
  7. brine,
  8. brine shrimp,
  9. brinell hardness number,
  10. brinelling

Origin of brindled

1670–80; alteration of brinded, with -le perhaps from grizzled, speckled, etc. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for brindled


/ (ˈbrɪndəld) /


brown or grey streaked or patched with a darker coloura brindled dog

Word Origin for brindled

C17: changed from C15 brended, literally: branded, probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse bröndottr; see brand

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Word Origin and History for brindled



"marked with streaks, streaked with a dark color," 1670s, from Middle English brended (early 15c.), from bren "brown color" (13c.), noun made from past participle of brennen "burn" (see burn (v.)); the derived adjective perhaps means "marked as though by branding or burning." Form altered perhaps by influence of kindled.

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