One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A brownish or tawny color of animal fur, with streaks of other color.
- ‘The coat comes in a variety of colors, including blue, black, brindle and the striking harlequin.’
- ‘The hounds were black, red, silver-grey and brindle, tall and narrow, with tapered muzzles and dark narrow eyes.’
- ‘The classic color is fawn with a black mask, but the breed also comes in pinto, white and brindle.’
- ‘Their short, close-lying coats most often occur in one color, fawn, or in one pattern, brindle.’
- ‘I look for one of these awesome creatures - are they bipeds, quadrupeds, spotted or brindle?’
- 1.1 An animal with a brindled coat.
- ‘The genes responsible for our red dogs are recessive to those responsible for our brindles.’
- ‘Most brindles appear striped, although some only have different shades of brown that seem more patchy.’
- ‘On these brindles you will find good, strong stripes on one side and very light makings on the other.’
- ‘There was a time in our breed history when brindles cropped up occasionally.’
- ‘In breeding blue merles to brindles the only colors that really suffer will be the reds and brindles.’
(especially of domestic animals) brownish or tawny with streaks of other color.‘a brindle pup’
tawny, brownish, brownView synonyms
- ‘He remembered he had often cursed the brindle cow and her mates, and had sometimes flung milking stools.’
- ‘He was a deep ginger color, with darker chocolaty brindle markings.’
- ‘A spotted one sniffed left, a brindle one sniffed right.’
- ‘Arnie pointed at a fat brindle cat sitting on top of a stack of hardbacks.’
- ‘Both fawn and brindle boxers frequently sport white markings.’
- ‘His brindled hide had lost its luster, the short hair mottled by patches of dried blood.’
Late 17th century: back-formation from brindled, alteration of Middle English brinded, probably of Scandinavian origin.
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