bristliness

bristly

[bris-lee]
adjective, bristlier, bristliest.
1.
covered or rough with bristles.
2.
like or resembling bristles.
3.
easily antagonized; irascible: a bristly person with few friends.

Origin:
1585–95; bristle + -y1

bristliness, noun
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bristly
1590s, from bristle + -y (2). Figurative sense is recorded from 1872.
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