- 1[transitive] bridle something to put a bridle on a horse See related entries: Equine sports
- 2[intransitive] bridle (at something) (literary) to show that you are annoyed and/or offended at something, especially by moving your head up and backwards in a proud way She bridled at the suggestion that she was lying. Word Origin Old English brīdel (noun), brīdlian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch breidel (noun). Sense (2) of the verb use is from the action of a horse when reined in.
BrE BrE//ˈbraɪdl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbraɪdl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bridle
BrE BrE//ˈbraɪdl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbraɪdl//he / she / it bridles
BrE BrE//ˈbraɪdlz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbraɪdlz//past simple bridled
BrE BrE//ˈbraɪdld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbraɪdld//past participle bridled
BrE BrE//ˈbraɪdld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbraɪdld//-ing form bridling
BrE BrE//ˈbraɪdlɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbraɪdlɪŋ//Equine sports