"bristly exchanges between the White House and the press"
"he became prickly and spiteful"
"witty and waspish about his colleagues"
having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.;
"a horse with a short bristly mane"
- The urbanism with bristly high-rise makes people longs to be close to nature more.
- She finds his beard too bristly.