verb (used without object), bris·tled, bris·tling.
verb (used with object), bris·tled, bris·tling.
- bristle worm,
- bristle-thighed curlew,
- bristlecone pine
Origin of bristle
Examples from the Web for bristle
Americans tend to bristle even at self-censorship; we are reluctant to declare that we simply are not going to look at something.From ISIS Videos to JLaw Nudes, When Is Looking Abetting Evil?|Michael Daly|September 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And they bristle too at the notion that they had some kind of personal enmity toward the president.
Of course there are those who bristle at such neologisms—the scolds, the conservative prescriptivists, the SNOOTs.The Oxford English Dictionary: The Original Crowdsourcer|Josh Dzieza|April 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In fact, so complete was his recovery, he later allowed himself to bristle at comparisons with Spitzer.
Republicans, meanwhile, bristle with anger as they attempt to defend against the flood of new information.
Unless I know nothing of Germany, Germany will bristle with "denkmals" to keep open all such sores.What is Coming?|H. G. Wells
Thou wilt tell them,thy mutineers,that rapier points and pike-points fly on end and bristle for such as thee?In Search of Mademoiselle|George Gibbs
The hair on the back of his neck begins to bristle, and the battle-light is in his yellow eyes.While the Billy Boils|Henry Lawson
I push on the end of the hog's bristle, which continues to invest the polype.Country Walks of a Naturalist with His Children|W. Houghton
They are very slow in their movement, and when affronted make a peculiar grunting noise, and bristle up the hair of their back.
Word Origin for bristle
Old English byrst "bristle," with metathesis of -r-, from Proto-Germanic *bursti- (cf. Middle Dutch borstel, German borste), from PIE *bhrsti- from root *bhars- "point, bristle" (cf. Sanskrit bhrstih "point, spike"). With -el, diminutive suffix.
c.1200 (implied in past participle adjective bristled) "set or covered with bristles," from bristle (n.). Meaning "become angry or excited" is 1540s, from the way animals show fight. Related: Bristling.