One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(especially of hair) close-set, 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.’
- ‘Within moments of their arrival, a tall, heavy-set man with a large bristling mustache hurried over.’
- ‘A burly man who seemed to be all bristling black hair thumped Sam on the shoulder.’
- ‘The body is covered by thick long fur with a brown patch of bristling hair.’
- ‘Only the faint ridge of bristling fur along her spine revealed the emotion that seethed within.’
2Aggressively brisk or tense.‘he fills the screen with a restless, bristling energy’
- ‘The bristling energy has been turned inward, resulting in an unprecedented illusion of warmth.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘His lefty politics had a bristling integrity, yet weren't so extreme as to be inaccessible or unrealistic.’
- ‘Accordingly, the bristling argument for Shelley's misinterpreted morality spawns an even more daring reclamation.’
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