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 bristling
Security guards stand about, bristling with straps and guns and billy clubs.Adam Hochschild on Keeping Company With His Dying Father|Adam Hochschild|June 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The National Rifle Association was always there bristling on the barricades of opposition.For Obama, Romney, and America, Gun Control Is Dead|Robert Shrum|July 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Mike Huckabee says she “glamorizes” out-of-wedlock pregnancy and critics are bristling over her starry-eyed view of motherhood.
One half went on board an armed steamer, whose decks were soon swarming with soldiers and bristling with guns.The Drummer Boy|John Trowbridge
Along that gorge rode a motley throng—bearded men on half-wild horses, five hundred strong, bristling with weapons.The People of the Black Circle|Robert E. Howard
Nor is it a comedy of character, bristling with smart sayings—everybody saying clever, ill-natured things about everybody else.Miser Farebrother, Volume I (of 3)|Benjamin Leopold Farjeon
Through that opening we could see the bristling peaks of the Sextenthal.Little Rivers|Henry van Dyke
Glades, bristling with stumps worn away by time, were covered with dry wood, which formed an inexhaustible store of fuel.The Mysterious Island|Jules Verne
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.