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bristle

noun uk   /ˈbrɪs.l̩/ us  
[C] a short, stiff hair, usually one of many: The old woman had a few grey bristles sprouting from her chin. [C or U] The bristles of a brush are the stiff hairs or pieces of plastic that are connected to it: The best quality men's shaving brushes are made from badger bristle. My toothbrush has blue and white plastic bristles.
bristly
adjective uk   /ˈbrɪs.li/ us  
He had furry eyebrows and bristly (= short, sticking up) hair.

bristle

verb uk   /ˈbrɪs.l̩/ us  

bristle verb (HAIR)

[I] (of hair) to stand up: The cat's fur bristled and it arched its back.

bristle verb (REACT ANGRILY)

to react angrily: She bristled at the suggestion that she had in any way neglected the child.
Phrasal verbs
Translations of “bristle”
in Spanish cerda…
in French poil…
in German die Borste…
in Chinese (Traditional) 短而硬的毛, 剛毛, 刷子毛…
in Russian ощетиниваться…
in Turkish bir şeyden rahatsız olduğunu göstermek…
in Chinese (Simplified) 短而硬的毛, 刚毛, 刷子毛…
in Polish zjeżyć się…
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