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1. bristly, prickly, splenetic, waspish

very irritable

Example Sentences:
'bristly exchanges between the White House and the press'
'he became prickly and spiteful'
'witty and waspish about his colleagues'

2. barbed, barbellate, briary, briery, bristled, bristly, burred, burry, prickly, setaceous, setose, spiny, thorny

having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.

Example Sentences:
'a horse with a short bristly mane'
'bristly shrubs'
'burred fruits'
'setaceous whiskers'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


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adjectiveWord forms: ˈbristlier or ˈbristliest
having bristles; rough with bristles
bristlelike; prickly

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adj. bris·tli·er, bris·tli·est
a. Consisting of or similar to bristles.
b. Thick with bristles.
2. Exhibiting or tending to exhibit agitation or anger: a bristly exchange between lawyers.

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