follow Dictionary.com

Denotation vs. Connotation

brindled

[brin-dld] /ˈbrɪn dld/
adjective
1.
gray or tawny with darker streaks or spots.
Origin of brindled
1670-1680
1670-80; alteration of brinded, with -le perhaps from grizzled, speckled, etc.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for brindled
Historical Examples
  • You ought to have a cow—a brindled cow—also a lamb; 'Mary had,' et cetera.

    The Nest Builder Beatrice Forbes-Robertson Hale
  • The brindled cow, which has led us hither, will supply us with milk.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • It is of a bluish colour—hence the name, and “brindled,” or striped along the sides.

    The Bush Boys Captain Mayne Reid
  • Brown by nature and instinct, he is now brindled with dirt and dust.

  • There was one young fellow, however, who was seldom seen among the tipplers at the brindled Cow.

  • All muffled up in brindled shawls, do caper, frisk, and spring?'

    Songs of Childhood Walter de la Mare
  • Colours: brindled, or apricot fawn, in both cases noses, muzzles and ears black.

    All About Dogs Charles Henry Lane
  • On the hearth lay three animals—a hen, a cock, and a brindled cow.

    The Fairy Ring Various
  • And while the brindled asses browsed around us he told us the story of the Cave of the Holy Well.

    The Fortunate Isles Mary Stuart Boyd
  • The brindled dog's condition was not so good as the other's.

    Three Elephant Power Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson
British Dictionary definitions for brindled

brindled

/ˈbrɪndəld/
adjective
1.
brown or grey streaked or patched with a darker colour: a brindled dog
Word Origin
C17: changed from C15 brended, literally: branded, probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse bröndottr; see brand
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for brindled
adj.

"marked with streaks, streaked with a dark color," 1670s, from Middle English brended (early 15c.), from bren "brown color" (13c.), noun made from past participle of brennen "burn" (see burn (v.)); the derived adjective perhaps means "marked as though by branding or burning." Form altered perhaps by influence of kindled.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for brindled

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for brindled

12
15
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for brindled