Definition of bristly in US English:

bristly

adjective

  • 1(of hair or foliage) having a stiff and prickly texture.

    • ‘His uniform - the one he'd always worn - was green with age and his whiskers were grey and bristly.’
    • ‘My eyes were closed to avoid getting jabbed by the bristly grass blades.’
    • ‘She looked at me after feeling the bristly hairs brush against her face again.’
    • ‘They looked like sunken fat cactuses, as a result of sporadic bristly hairs dotting their bulbous backs.’
    • ‘They were tough, bristly, spiky cave bushes but still plants.’
    • ‘Nekoi looked up, a handsome, bristly muzzle appeared.’
    • ‘Mr. Gershwin, a rather catlike man with an intelligent face and bristly whiskers, began.’
    • ‘We kissed once more and I stroked his bristly face.’
    • ‘Whatever his status, he unveils a conical dome of dark flesh and bristly hair - supposedly the scalp a Yeti.’
    • ‘He had long, wiry black hair, and a bristly goatee-beard-mustache combination around his lower face.’
    • ‘This was topped up with a bristly white moustache, a ruddy complexion and blue eyes.’
    • ‘The mixed forests - tall white pine, bristly spruce, oak and maple - seem to extend forever.’
    • ‘The bristly hair in your mustache prickles my skin, itching a bit.’
    • ‘His bristly brown beard probably scratched Baby Chad wherever he kissed, but neither seemed to care.’
    • ‘His big bristly moustache twitched at the edges.’
    • ‘The bandleader, who doubles as the vocalist, is a small, nimble man with a mobile face and dark, bristly hair.’
    • ‘He grabbed her hand and brought it to his face to rub her fingers over his bristly cheek.’
    • ‘He had huge powerful arms and a bristly mustache.’
    • ‘Still, it's difficult to imagine these hard, brown things with bristly bottoms pushing out such incredible blooms.’
    • ‘I could only just discern the bristly tops of trees.’
    prickly, spiky, spiked, thorny, scratchy, stiff
    stubbly, hairy, scratchy, fuzzy, unshaven
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    1. 1.1 Covered with short, stiff hairs.
      ‘he rubbed his bristly chin’
      • ‘He had dark wavy hair, dark blue eyes and a bristly chin.’
      • ‘She raised a hand and put it on his bristly cheek.’
      • ‘I took the coarse, bristly rope in my hands and held it tight, hoping to still the uncontrollable shaking I felt.’
      • ‘He was a short man with long unkempt hair and a bristly unshaved chin.’
      • ‘The seeds of the castor plant have a bristly outer cover.’
      • ‘In fact, I once saw a woman sitting on the ground with a bristly little piglet on her lap.’
      hairy, shaggy, bushy, hair-covered, long-haired, woolly, furry, fleecy, fuzzy
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Pronunciation

bristly

/ˈbrislē//ˈbrɪsli/