What is another word for bristle?

3906 synonyms found

Pronunciation:

[ bɹˈɪsə͡l], [ bɹˈɪsə‍l], [ b_ɹ_ˈɪ_s_əl]

Bristle is a verb which means to become stiff or stand on end. There are numerous synonyms available that can be used instead of the word bristle, such as spike, prickle, thorn, needle and quill. Spikes are rigid and pointed structures that can arise from the skin, fur or feathers of animals. Prickles are sharp projections on plants or shrubs that can protect them from animals. Thorn is a sharp-pointed projection from the stem of a plant. Needle is a slender, pointed object commonly used for sewing or used by medical professionals. Quill is a pointed, structurally rigid, yet flexible part of a feather that is used in writing instruments.

Synonyms for Bristle:

What are the hypernyms for Bristle?

A hypernym is a word with a broad meaning that encompasses more specific words called hyponyms.

What are the hyponyms for Bristle?

Hyponyms are more specific words categorized under a broader term, known as a hypernym.

What are the holonyms for Bristle?

Holonyms are words that denote a whole whose part is denoted by another word.
  • holonyms for bristle (as nouns)

What are the opposite words for bristle?

Bristle, a term that denotes the stiff hair on the back of an animal or the stiff, spiky hair on a brush, has its antonyms in some terms. One antonym for bristle is "smooth," which means even or flat, and "soft," which refers to a gentle or yielding texture, is another antonym. "Slippery" is also considered an opposite word of bristle as it means something difficult to grasp or hold onto. "Silky," which denotes a smooth, soft, and shiny surface or texture, is another antonym for bristle. On the other hand, "relax" could be considered as an antonym to the verb form of bristle, which means to become tense or rigid.

What are the antonyms for Bristle?

  • v.

    become upset, excited

Usage examples for Bristle

Amendments bristle by the score at every clause, and spring up faster than they can be cut off.
"The Government of England (Vol. I)"
A. Lawrence Lowell
A bit of news that's made Crayford bristle like a scrubbing brush.
"The Way of Ambition"
Robert Hichens
"Now, Mac," Mr. Crane said, kindly, "don't bristle.
"The Come Back"
Carolyn Wells

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