Definition: having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.
Usage: a horse with a short bristly mane; bristly shrubs; burred fruits; setaceous whiskers
Similar words: armed
Definition: (used of plants and animals) furnished with bristles and thorns
Definition: very irritable
Usage: bristly exchanges between the White House and the press; he became prickly and spiteful; witty and waspish about his colleagues
Similar words: ill-natured
Definition: having an irritable and unpleasant disposition