One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(especially of hair) short, stiff, and spiky.‘a bristling beard’
thick, shaggy, unruly, fuzzy, rough, bristly, fluffy, woolly, luxuriant, exuberant, spreadingView synonyms
- ‘His fingertips touched the bristling hair on the dog's neck.’
- ‘Only the faint ridge of bristling fur along her spine revealed the emotion that seethed within.’
- ‘The body is covered by thick long fur with a brown patch of bristling hair.’
- ‘A burly man who seemed to be all bristling black hair thumped Sam on the shoulder.’
- ‘Within moments of their arrival, a tall, heavy-set man with a large bristling mustache hurried over.’
2Aggressively brisk or tense.‘he fills the screen with a restless, bristling energy’
- ‘His lefty politics had a bristling integrity, yet weren't so extreme as to be inaccessible or unrealistic.’
- ‘The bristling energy has been turned inward, resulting in an unprecedented illusion of warmth.’
- ‘Accordingly, the bristling argument for Shelley's misinterpreted morality spawns an even more daring reclamation.’
- ‘The success of the exhibit was further evidence of the bristling energy and dynamism of Houston's art scene.’
- ‘She didn't understand his distance; was frightened by the bristling edge of his usually conciliatory demeanor.’
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