[ bris-lee ]
/ ˈbrɪs li /

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.

Origin of bristly

First recorded in 1585–95; bristle + -y1

Related forms

bris·tli·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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