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Middle English brustlien and brastlien, related to German prasseln (to crackle). See burst.


brustle (plural brustles)

  1. (obsolete or dialectal) A bristle.
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brustle (third-person singular simple present brustles, present participle brustling, simple past and past participle brustled)

  1. To crackle; to rustle.
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  2. To make a show of fierceness or defiance; to bristle.
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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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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 brustle in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)