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bristly

[bris-lee] /ˈbrɪs li/
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 of bristly
1585-1595
1585-95; bristle + -y1
Related forms
bristliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for bristly
adj.

1590s, from bristle (n.) + -y (2). Figurative sense is recorded from 1872. Related: Bristliness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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