Bristled



one of the short, stiff, coarse hairs of certain animals, especially hogs, used extensively in making brushes.
anything resembling these hairs.
to stand or rise stiffly, like bristles.
to erect the bristles, as an irritated animal (often followed by up):
The hog bristled up.
to become rigid with anger or irritation:
The man bristled when I asked him to move.
to be thickly set or filled with something suggestive of bristles:
The plain bristled with bayonets. The project bristled with difficulties.
to be visibly roused or stirred (usually followed by up).
to erect like bristles:
The rooster bristled his crest.
to furnish with a bristle or bristles.
to make bristly.
Contemporary Examples

Keith Olbermann’s Firing at Current TV Could Be his Ruin or his Salvation Rebecca Dana March 29, 2012
Another Vietnam Casualty Mitchell Blumenthal May 18, 2010
Welcome to the World Book Capital Joey Rubin April 24, 2011
Cheri Young, the ‘Steel Magnolia’ of the Edwards Trial, Shoves Back Diane Dimond May 1, 2012
Scenes from the GOP Civil War Eleanor Clift February 3, 2014

Historical Examples

Pawnee Hero Stories and Folk-Tales George Bird Grinnell
White Fang Jack London
The Lighthouse R.M. Ballantyne
We’re Friends, Now Henry Hasse
The Story of Bawn Katharine Tynan

noun
any short stiff hair of an animal or plant
something resembling these hair: toothbrush bristle
verb
when intr, often foll by up. to stand up or cause to stand up like bristles: the angry cat’s fur bristled
(intransitive) sometimes foll by up. to show anger, indignation, etc: she bristled at the suggestion
(intransitive) to be thickly covered or set: the target bristled with arrows
(intransitive) to be in a state of agitation or movement: the office was bristling with activity
(transitive) to provide with a bristle or bristles
n.
v.

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