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bristly

[ bris-lee ]
/ ˈbrɪs li /
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adjective, bris·tli·er, bris·tli·est.

covered or rough with bristles.
like or resembling bristles.
easily antagonized; irascible: a bristly person with few friends.

RELATED WORDS

echinate, spiny, aristate, barbellate, chaetophorous, hispid, setaceous, setal, setiferous, setose

Nearby words

bristlebird, bristlecone pine, bristlemouth, bristletail, bristling, bristly, bristly sarsaparilla, bristol, bristol board, bristol channel, bristol fashion

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

bristly


adj.

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

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