Thick set with bristles or with hairs resembling bristles rough
- very cranky
- having or covered with safety barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.
- thick-set with bristles, or with hairs resembling bristles; rough.
1590s, from bristle (letter.) + -y (2). Figurative good sense is recorded from 1872. Associated: Bristliness.
(a.) thick-set with bristles, or with hairs resembling bristles; rough.
Robur, and are dark-brown when ripe; the hemispherical cups are covered with long, narrow, almost bristly scales, giving them a mossy aspect; the fruit ripens the first autumn.