1 adj Bristly hair is thick and rough.
usu ADJ n
His bristly red hair was standing on end.
2 adj If a man's chin is bristly, it is covered with bristles because he has not shaved recently.
...the giant's bristly cheek.
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary
bearded, bewhiskered, hairy, prickly, rough, stubbly, unshaven, whiskered
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