Bridle - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈbraɪdl|  American pronunciation of the word bridle
Brit.  |ˈbraɪd(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word bridle


- headgear for a horse; includes a headstall and bit and reins to give the rider or driver control
- the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess (syn: check, curb)
his common sense is a bridle to his quick temper


- anger or take offense
She bridled at his suggestion to elope
- put a bridle on
bridle horses
- respond to the reins, as of horses

Extra examples

...try to bridle your criticism next time so that it is helpful and not hurtful...

Mary bridled at her mother's unkind remark about Jim.

The senator bridled at the reporter's question.

She bridled at his suggestion to elope

...a dense bosquet shields the trailhead from the bridle path...

Martin's snatch at the bridle failed and the horse raced away

Phrasal verbs

bridle up  — show anger or indignation

Word forms

I/you/we/they: bridle
he/she/it: bridles
present participle: bridling
past tense: bridled
past participle: bridled
singular: bridle
plural: bridles
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