1. bristly

adjective. very irritable.


  • prickly
  • waspish
  • splenetic


  • pleasant
  • barehanded
  • clean
  • weaponless

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2. bristly

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


  • setose
  • thorny
  • prickly
  • bristled
  • barbellate
  • burry
  • barbed
  • briery
  • briary
  • setaceous
  • spiny
  • burred


  • armless
  • easy
  • unsarcastic
  • spineless

Sentences with bristly

1. Adverb
These plants are called bottle brushes because they have flowers that look like the bristly scrub brush used to clean drinking glasses.

2. Adjective
Stick the motor to the top of the bristly base with the turning shaft facing backward, or away from the snipped-off neck.

3. Noun, singular or mass
The bristly hollyhock is considered an ornamental garden plant and survives well in dry soils and full sunlight.