verb (used without object), bris·tled, bris·tling.
verb (used with object), bris·tled, bris·tling.
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Origin of bristle
OTHER WORDS FROM bristlebris·tle·less, adjectivebris·tle·like, adjectivenon·bris·tled, adjectiveun·bris·tled, adjective
Words nearby bristle
Example sentences 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.
She continued to bristle at being associated with the Mafia because of her father.A True Tough Guy: The Mafia, Gays, and Michael Sam’s Boyfriend|Michael Daly|May 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Her woefully neglected novels still bristle with wit and insight.The Neglected Penelope Mortimer Was a Novelist Ahead of Her Time|Jessica Ferri|March 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
While a normal person would bristle at such obvious red flags, our girls ran like bulls towards love.Juan Pablo Chooses the Girl He ‘Likes,’ Proposes They Go Get a Burger|Brandy Zadrozny|March 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Even the roofs of the houses bristle with pigeon-lofts and artful-looking structures for the capture of wandering birds.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume II (of 3)|Charles James Wills
To whom the prophetess, seeing his neck now bristle with horrid snakes, flings a soporific cake of honey and medicated grain.The Fatal Dowry|Philip Massinger
De time wuz w'en folks had a mighty slim chance fer ter git bristle, en dey aint no tellin' w'en dat time gwine come ag'in.Nights With Uncle Remus|Joel Chandler Harris
His mask is brown, cut off above the upper lip, over which a pair of short moustachios bristle.The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi; Volume the first|Count Carlo Gozzi
In crescent formation the dense black cloud swept on—in dead silence—a phalanx of shields, a perfect bristle of assegais.Forging the Blades|Bertram Mitford