bristly

[bris-lee]
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adjective, bris·tli·er, bris·tli·est.
  1. covered or rough with bristles.
  2. like or resembling bristles.
  3. easily antagonized; irascible: a bristly person with few friends.

Origin of bristly

First recorded in 1585–95; bristle + -y1
Related formsbris·tli·ness, noun
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Word Origin and History for bristly
adj.

1590s, from bristle (n.) + -y (2). Figurative sense is recorded from 1872. Related: Bristliness.

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