from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To produce horripilation in; cause to shrink or creep, as flesh.
- To have goose-flesh.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. have one's hair stand on end and get goosebumps
- v. cause (someone's) hair to stand on end and to have goosebumps
Sorry, no etymologies found.
However, there are certain points of similarity between the Cheshire Puss and domestic cats that keep us on our toes: For example, cats do get angry and, when provoked, horripilate, that is, make their fur stand on end so they look bigger and more threatening.
Charles Darwin was particularly struck by the fact that in this more extreme state of anger, cats do not bother to horripilate.
But for that brief moment it was like seeing myself through someone else's eyes, and it made me horripilate*, it was such a weird feeling.
from horrere we also get the words “horror” and “horripilate” (which means making the hair stand up in fear), which also related to the word “hedgehog” (!)
“horripilate” … sowndz laik tehy stowled taht wurd from teh lolcat!
[1. horripilate] (verb) cause (someone's) hair to stand on end and to have goosebumps.