Definition of Bristly

1. Adjective. Very irritable. "Witty and waspish about his colleagues"

Exact synonyms: Prickly, Splenetic, Waspish
Similar to: Ill-natured
Derivative terms: Spleen



2. Adjective. Having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.. "Setaceous whiskers"

Definition of Bristly

1. a. Thick set with bristles, or with hairs resembling bristles; rough.

Definition of Bristly

1. Adjective. Covered with bristles. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Bristly

1. stiffly erect [adj -TLIER, -TLIEST]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Bristly

bristlecone fir
bristlecone pine
bristlecones
bristled
bristlelike
bristles
bristletail
bristletails
bristlier
bristliest
bristliness
bristling
bristling with(p)
bristlingly
bristly (current term)
bristly locust
bristly oxtongue
bristly sarsaparilla
bristly sarsparilla
bristols
brisure
brisures
brit
brit milah
britannia
britannias
britches
britchka
britholite

Literary usage of Bristly

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Flora of the Southern United States: Containing an Abridged Description of by Alvan Wentworth Chapman (1897)
"Stem simple, smooth, 4-angled above; leaves bristly on the np'per surface, 3-ribbed ; cyme few-flowered, leafy ; calyx smooth. — Hoga in the pine barrens of ..."

2. Synoptical Flora of North America: The Gamopetalae, Being a Second Edition by Asa Gray (1888)
"... except near the ha,-.i\ and bristly hairs uot so long: i tin' specimens barely in blossom, ... beset with scattered and long bristly • : pappus in-cous. ..."

3. Gray's New Manual of Botany: A Handbook of the Flowering Plants and Ferns of by Asa ( Gray, Merritt Lyndon Fernald, Benjamin Lincoln Robinson (1908)
"bristly-hairy ; stem erect, wand-like, 0.1-3 m. high ; leaves linear, mostly entire, the radical cnt- lobed ; heads very numerous and small, cylindrical, ..."

4. A Systematic Arrangement of British Plants by William Withering, William Macgillivray (1830)
"Tall bristly Rose. Fruit globular, bristly ; flower-stalks usually in pairs, ... Stem from four to six feet high, branched, bristly, with round prickly ..."

5. The Flora of British India by Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker (1879)
"... through the tropics of the old world. * Calyx rigid, its veins close, parallel, simple. 1. S. sensitiva, Ait.; DC. Prodr. ii. 323; stems not bristly, ..."

6. A Flora of Western Middle California by Willis Linn; Jepson (1901)
"Steins short, commonly several white bristly hairs; whorls below distinct, with long internodes, above forming a short spike or sometimes capitate; ..."

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