Definition of bristle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbrɪsl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbrɪsl//
    Describing hair, Facial hair
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  1. 1a short stiff hair the bristles on his chin See related entries: Describing hair, Facial hair
  2. 2one of the short stiff hairs or wires in a brush
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old English byrst (of Germanic origin, related to German Borste) + -le.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bristle

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