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bristly

[ bris-lee ]SEE DEFINITION OF bristly

Synonyms for bristly

  • aristate
  • barbellate
  • chaetophorous
  • echinate
  • hispid
  • setaceous
  • setal
  • setarious
  • setiferous
  • setose
  • spiny
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Antonyms for bristly

  • clean-shaven
  • smooth
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The Major lifted his bristly eyebrows with a contemptuous twitch.

His head was cropped and bristly, like as if he had a wig made of hair-brushes.

A faint flush of shame tinged his bristly cheek at the thought.

His moustache was also cut short and bristly over a full, brutal mouth.

They were all legs and teeth and bristly fur, the meat almost inedible.

Some of the color still holds in the bristly mustache169 and the ear tufts.

Lou's thin face reddened up to the roots of his bristly hair.

The bristly red moustache was contorted as though his lips were smiling.

But the bristly man spat at her as the car started, "Going far?"

He saw himself with horror, all bristly, and in soiled linen.

WORD ORIGIN

1590s, from bristle (n.) + -y (2). Figurative sense is recorded from 1872. Related: Bristliness.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR BRISTLY

bearded

adjectivehaving facial hair
  • barbate
  • beardy
  • bewhiskered
  • bristly
  • bushy
  • goateed
  • hairy
  • hirsute
  • shaggy
  • stubbled
  • stubbly
  • unshaven
  • whiskered
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