verb (used without object), bris·tled, bris·tling.
verb (used with object), bris·tled, bris·tling.
Origin of bristle
Related formsbris·tle·less, adjectivebris·tle·like, adjectivenon·bris·tled, adjectiveun·bris·tled, adjective
Examples from the Web for bristled
Asked about the role he played, and the impact of his famous name, Goldwater bristled a bit.
And Kelley bristled at the notion that women were supposed to be offended by the video.‘Blurred Lines,’ Robin Thicke’s Summer Anthem, Is Kind of Rapey|Tricia Romano|June 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Rios Montt staunchly defended his actions against what he termed a deadly enemy, and bristled at the suggestion of genocide.Guatemalan Dictator Efrain Rios Montt Guilty of Genocide|Mac Margolis|May 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Cheri Young bristled in her stylish blue dress, her shoulder-length hair let loose from the ponytail of the day before.Cheri Young, the ‘Steel Magnolia’ of the Edwards Trial, Shoves Back|Diane Dimond|May 2, 2012|DAILY BEAST
According to network sources, Olbermann bristled at the amount of money being invested in his show.Keith Olbermann’s Firing at Current TV Could Be his Ruin or his Salvation|Rebecca Dana|March 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The whole of the capital had turned out—a picturesque mob, every man of which bristled with arms.Albania|E. F. Knight
Well, whenever any one said anything to her she bristled all up, as if there was going to be an argument.Dawson Black: Retail Merchant|Harold Whitehead
He urged the dog, who bristled and growled and showed his teeth.Simon the Jester|William J. Locke
I've wounded a more terrible one than any boar that ever bristled.The Danger Mark|Robert W. Chambers
Mrs. Jordan bristled, and launched herself upon a long and virtuous sentence.The Daughters of Danaus|Mona Caird