- 1[intransitive] bristle (with something) (at something) to suddenly become very annoyed or offended at what someone says or does His lies made her bristle with rage.
- 2[intransitive] (of an animal's fur) to stand up on the back and neck because the animal is frightened or angry Phrasal Verbsbristle with something
NAmE//ˈbrɪsl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bristle
he / she / it bristles
past simple bristled
-ing form bristling