bristle

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Pronunciation[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
bristle

Plural
bristles

Bristles on an oil paintbrush
  1. A bristle is a stiff or coarse hair.
    the bristles of a pig
  2. Bristles are the hair or straws that make up a brush, broom, or similar item.

Verb[change]

Plain form
bristle

Third-person singular
bristles

Past tense
bristled

Past participle
bristled

Present participle
bristling

  1. If something bristles, it rises or stand erect, like bristles.
    His hair did bristle upon his head.
  2. If someone bristles, they are on guard to react with fear, suspicion, or distance.
    The employees bristled at the prospect of working through the holidays.