Definition of


  1. (adj, all) having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.
    bristly shrubs
    burred fruits
    setaceous whiskers
  2. (adj, all) very irritable
    he became prickly and spiteful
    witty and waspish about his colleagues

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Alternate forms of Bristly

Derivations: bristle, bristliness

Origin of the word Bristly

  1. 1590s, from bristle + -y (2). Figurative sense is recorded from 1872. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Bristly

borstal, bracteal, bracteole, brightly, bristle, bristol

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