bristly






adjective, bris·tli·er, bris·tli·est.

  1. covered or rough with bristles.
  2. like or resembling bristles.
  3. easily antagonized; irascible: a bristly person with few friends.
adj.

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

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