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

  • adj. Tawny or grayish with streaks or spots of a darker color.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of a brownish, tawny or gray colour, with streaks or spots; streaky, spotted

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having dark streaks or spots on a gray or tawny ground; brinded.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Brinded; variegated with streaks of different colors.

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

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


Alteration of Middle English brended, probably from brende, past participle of brennen, to burn, from Old Norse brenna; see gwher- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
An alteration of brinded, probably by association with speckled, grizzled etc. (Wiktionary)



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  • "Apples, these I mean, unspeakably fair,--apples not of Discord, but Concord! Yet not so rare but that the homeliest may have a share. Painted by the frosts, some a uniform clear bright yellow, or red, or crimson, as if their spheres had regularly revolved, and enjoyed the influence of the sun on all sides alike,--some with the faintest pink blush imaginable,--some brindled with deep red streaks like a cow, or with hundreds of fine blood-red rays running regularly from the stem-dimple to the blossom-end, like meridional lines, on a straw-colored ground,--some touched with a greenish rust, like a fine lichen, here and there, with crimson blotches or eyes more or less confluent and fiery when wet,--and others gnarly, and freckled or peppered all over on the stem side with fine crimson spots on a white ground, as if accidentally sprinkled from the brush of Him who paints the autumn leaves." - 'Wild Apples', Henry David Thoreau.

    December 14, 2007

  • I try to say Macbeth as often as possible.

    October 24, 2007

  • synonym of brinded, like that loudmouth Scottish moggy at the beginning of Macbeth*.

    * Or, if you think it's unlucky to invoke it by name on Wordie, "the Scottish play".

    But it's time to go feed my own, non-brinded, moggies, Boris and Natasha. Later, wordiewonks!

    October 23, 2007