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

     

    bristle

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈbrɪsl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbrɪsl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bristle
    BrE BrE//ˈbrɪsl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbrɪsl//
     
    he / she / it bristles
    BrE BrE//ˈbrɪslz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbrɪslz//
     
    past simple bristled
    BrE BrE//ˈbrɪsld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbrɪsld//
     
    past participle bristled
    BrE BrE//ˈbrɪsld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbrɪsld//
     
    -ing form bristling
    BrE BrE//ˈbrɪslɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbrɪslɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] bristle (with something) (at something) to suddenly become very annoyed or offended at what somebody says or does His lies made her bristle with rage. See related entries: Anger
  2. 2[intransitive] (of an animal’s fur) to stand up on the back and neck because the animal is frightened or angry More Like This Silent letters gnarled, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome haute cuisine, heir, (NAmE herb), honour, hors d’oeuvre, hour knack, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knot, know, knuckle psalm, psephology, psychic, ptarmigan, pterodactyl, psychology wrangle, wrap, wreath, wreck, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wring, write, wrong bomb, climb, crumb, doubt, lamb, limb ascent, fascinate, muscle, scene, scissors height, right, sleigh, weight align, campaign, design, foreign, malign, reign, unfeigned balmy, calm, calf, half, yolk autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn bristle, fasten, listen, mortgage, soften, thistle, wrestle biscuit, build, circuit, disguise, guilty, league, rogue, vague yacht answer, sword, twoSee worksheet.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old English byrst (of Germanic origin, related to German Borste) + -le. Phrasal Verbsbristle with something
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