meaning of bristly

bristly meaning in General Dictionary

Thick set with bristles or with hairs resembling bristles rough

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  • 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.

bristly meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1590s, from bristle (letter.) + -y (2). Figurative good sense is recorded from 1872. Associated: Bristliness.


bristly meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) thick-set with bristles, or with hairs resembling bristles; rough.


Sentence Examples with the word bristly

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.

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