from The Century Dictionary.

  • Properly, of a gray or tawny color marked with bars or streaks of a darker hue; brindled: applied more loosely to any animal having a hide variegated by streaks or spots, and by Milton to the lioness, whose hide is of a nearly uniform hue: as, “the brinded cat,”
  • “three brinded cows,”
  • In heraldry, spotted: said of a beast used as a bearing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of a gray or tawny color with streaks of darker hue; streaked; brindled.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective archaic brindled; having a streaky or patchy pattern, usually grey or brown in colour; used especially to describe the skin or fur of animals.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective having a grey or brown streak or a pattern or a patchy coloring; used especially of the patterned fur of cats


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse brǫndóttr ‘brinded’.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word brinded.



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.