What does bridle mean?

Definitions for bridleˈbraɪd l

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word bridle.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bridle(noun)

    headgear for a horse; includes a headstall and bit and reins to give the rider or driver control

  2. bridle, check, curb(verb)

    the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess

    "his common sense is a bridle to his quick temper"

  3. bridle(verb)

    anger or take offense

    "She bridled at his suggestion to elope"

  4. bridle(verb)

    put a bridle on

    "bridle horses"

  5. bridle(verb)

    respond to the reins, as of horses


  1. bridle(Noun)

    The headgear with which a horse is directed and which carries a bit and reins.

  2. bridle(Noun)

    A length of line or cable attached to two parts of something to spread the force of a pull, as the rigging on a kite for attaching line.

  3. bridle(Verb)

    To put a bridle on.

  4. bridle(Verb)

    To check, restrain, or control with, or as if with, a bridle; as in bridle your tongue.

  5. bridle(Verb)

    To show hostility or resentment.

    Immigrant-rights and religious organizations at the plan to favor highly skilled workers over relatives.

  6. Origin: From bridel, from brigdilaz

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bridle(noun)

    the head gear with which a horse is governed and restrained, consisting of a headstall, a bit, and reins, with other appendages

  2. Bridle(noun)

    a restraint; a curb; a check

  3. Bridle(noun)

    the piece in the interior of a gun lock, which holds in place the tumbler, sear, etc

  4. Bridle(noun)

    a span of rope, line, or chain made fast as both ends, so that another rope, line, or chain may be attached to its middle

  5. Bridle(noun)

    a mooring hawser

  6. Bridle(verb)

    to put a bridle upon; to equip with a bridle; as, to bridle a horse

  7. Bridle(verb)

    to restrain, guide, or govern, with, or as with, a bridle; to check, curb, or control; as, to bridle the passions; to bridle a muse

  8. Bridle(verb)

    to hold up the head, and draw in the chin, as an expression of pride, scorn, or resentment; to assume a lofty manner; -- usually with up


  1. Bridle

    A bridle is a piece of equipment used to direct a horse. As defined in the Oxford English Dictionary, the "bridle" includes both the headstall that holds a bit that goes in the mouth of a horse, and the reins that are attached to the bit. Headgear without a bit that uses a noseband to control a horse is called a hackamore, or, in some areas, a bitless bridle. There are many different designs with many different name variations, but all use a noseband that is designed to exert pressure on sensitive areas of the animal's face to provide direction and control.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bridle

    brī′-dl, n. the apparatus on a horse's head, by which it is controlled: any curb or restraint: a gesture expressing pride or vanity.—v.t. to put on or manage by a bridle: to check or restrain.—v.i. to hold up the head proudly or affectedly.—ns. Brī′dle-hand, the hand which holds the bridle in riding—the left hand; Brī′dle-path, a path or way for horsemen; Brī′dler, one who governs or restrains as by a bridle; Bri′dle-rein, the strap of a bridle.—To bridle up (at something), to take something amiss. [A.S. brídel; Old High Ger. brittel.]

Editors Contribution

  1. bridle

    A rope or chain secured at both ends to an object to be held, lifted, moved or towed.

    The shipping company attached bridle to the underwater object to move the pipes to another location.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bridle in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bridle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Danish proverb:

    If three people say you are an ass, put on a bridle.

  2. Michel de Montaigne:

    So it is with minds. Unless you keep them busy with some definite subject that will bridle and control them, they throw themselves in disorder hither and yon in the vague field of imagination. ..And there is no mad or idle fancy that they do no bring forth in the agitation.

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