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[brin-dld] /ˈbrɪn dld/
gray or tawny with darker streaks or spots.
Origin of brindled
1670-80; alteration of brinded, with -le perhaps from grizzled, speckled, etc. Unabridged
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  • You ought to have a cow—a brindled cow—also a lamb; 'Mary had,' et cetera.

    The Nest Builder Beatrice Forbes-Robertson Hale
  • Brown by nature and instinct, he is now brindled with dirt and dust.

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

    The Bush Boys Captain Mayne Reid
  • All muffled up in brindled shawls, do caper, frisk, and spring?'

    Songs of Childhood Walter de la Mare
  • There was one young fellow, however, who was seldom seen among the tipplers at the brindled Cow.

  • The brindled cow, which has led us hither, will supply us with milk.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • 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


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
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Word Origin and History for brindled

"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.

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