Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

bridle - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

verb bridle pronunciation in British English /ˈbraɪd(ə)l/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlebridling
past tensebridled
past participlebridled
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to be angry or offended, and show this in your movements or expression

    He bridled at the suggestion that he had lied.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to put a bridle on a horse

sea lion

in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day


to teach someone

Open Dictionary


an electric skateboard

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play