birse

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Scots birse (bristle, hair).

Noun[edit]

birse (plural birses)

  1. (Scotland) bristle

Derived terms[edit]

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for birse in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

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Scots[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

birse (plural birses)

  1. bristle, hair
  2. sheaf, plume (of bristles)
  3. beard
  4. anger, temper
Derived terms[edit]

Verb[edit]

birse (third-person singular present birses, present participle birsin, past birsed, past participle birsed)

  1. to put a bristle on
  2. to flare up, get angry
Derived terms[edit]
  • birsie (bristly, hairy; hot-tempered, passionate; of the weather: keen, sharp; difficult)
  • birsed-ends (a shoemaker's thread)

Etymology 2[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

birse (plural birses)

  1. (medicine) bruise
  2. pressure

Verb[edit]

birse (third-person singular present birses, present participle birsin, past birsed, past participle birsed)

  1. to bruise
  2. to push, press, squeeze
Derived terms[edit]