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[brin-dl] /ˈbrɪn dl/
a brindled coloring.
a brindled animal.
Origin of brindle
1670-80; back formation from brindled Unabridged
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  • You know perfectly well that brindle's one fault is that he has no sense of humour.

  • The house was all quiet an' even the brindle dog was asleep.

    The Bishop of Cottontown John Trotwood Moore
  • "It won't set any better after old brindle fills up on this dust," observed Martin, belligerency in his brassy voice.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • brindle galloped through the yard, and out at the open gate.

    Paul Prescott's Charge Horatio Alger
  • Harvie and Zebedee had not had time to buy Pullman seats, as they had been so taken up with the robing of brindle.

  • She wished with all her soul the brindle bull were with her then in the shanty.

    The Secret of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
  • She was giving such a splendid pail of milk, full to the brim, just as old Spot and brindle used to give.

    Cast Adrift T. S. Arthur
  • Put a saddle on the brindle bull calf, and tried to make it backjump.

    Tom Gerrard Louis Becke
  • The brindle bulldog from Kennedy's farm had heard the unequal race.

    Tess of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
  • He used to drive our old brindle to pasture, and milk her every night.

    Ruth Hall Fanny Fern
British Dictionary definitions for brindle


a brindled animal
a brindled colouring
Word Origin
C17: back formation from brindled
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for brindle

1670s; see brindled.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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