from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A brindled color.
  • noun A brindled animal.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being brinded; a color or mixture of colors, of which gray is the base, with bands of a darker gray or black color: as, “a natural brindle,” Richardson, Clarissa Harlowe.
  • noun A name of the mudfish or bowfin, Amia calva. See cut under Amiidæ.

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

  • noun The state of being brindled.
  • noun A brindled color; also, that which is brindled.
  • adjective Brindled.

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

  • noun A streaky colouration in animals.
  • noun An animal so coloured.
  • adjective Having such a colouration; brindled

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 The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Back-formation from brindled.]


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  • adj. = brindled

    The last of the line, Cap, a brindle mongrel who looked like a worn carpet-bag, caught the secret of vitality from his indomitable mistress and lived to be sixteen, when Aunt Margery, with heavy heart but steady hand, administered the ether that put a merciful end to the miserable burden of his years.

    —James Thurber, 1952, 'Daguerreotype of a Lady', in The Thurber Album

    July 10, 2008