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whisk·er

 (wĭs′kər, hwĭs′-)
n.
1.
a. whiskers The hair on a man's cheeks and chin.
b. A single hair of a beard or mustache.
2. One of the long stiff tactile bristles or hairs that grow near the mouth and elsewhere on the head of most mammals; a vibrissa.
3. Informal A narrow margin; a hairsbreadth: The candidate lost the election by a whisker.
4. Nautical One of two spars or booms projecting from the side of a bowsprit for spreading the jib or flying-jib guys.
5. Chemistry An extremely fine filamentary crystal with extraordinary tensile strength and unusual electrical or surface properties.

[Middle English wisker, anything that whisks, from wisken, to whisk; see whisk.]

whisk′ered, whisk′er·y adj.

whiskers

- Originally the word for a bundle of feathers, twigs, etc. used for whisking (from "whisk"), it then came to denote the projecting hairs or bristles of mammals.
See also related terms for twigs.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.whiskers - the hair growing on the lower part of a man's facewhiskers - the hair growing on the lower part of a man's face
adult male body, man's body - the body of an adult man
facial hair - hair on the face (especially on the face of a man)
fuzz - the first beard of an adolescent boy
imperial, imperial beard - a small tufted beard worn by Emperor Napoleon III
beaver - a full beard
moustache, mustache - an unshaved growth of hair on the upper lip; "he looked younger after he shaved off his mustache"
goatee - a small chin beard trimmed to a point; named for its resemblance to a goat's beard
stubble - short stiff hairs growing on a man's face when he has not shaved for a few days
vandyke beard, vandyke - a short pointed beard (named after the artist Anthony Vandyke)
Attilio, soul patch - a small patch of facial hair just below the lower lip and above the chin
face, human face - the front of the human head from the forehead to the chin and ear to ear; "he washed his face"; "I wish I had seen the look on his face when he got the news"
Translations
vousy
knurhår
kissan viikset
brkovi
ひげ
수염
morrhår
เคราแข็งสองข้างปาก
râu mèo

whiskers

[ˈwɪskəz] npl (also side whiskers) → basette fpl; (beard) → barba; (moustache, of animal) → baffi mpl

whiskers

شَوَارِب vousy knurhår Barthaare μουστάκια γάτας bigotes kissan viikset moustaches brkovi baffi ひげ 수염 bakkebaarden værhår wąsy bigode de animal вибриссы morrhår เคราแข็งสองข้างปาก bıyık râu mèo 腮须
References in classic literature ?
For two or three hours the sun lay warmly in the high window, showing Jo seated on the old sofa, writing busily, with her papers spread out upon a trunk before her, while Scrabble, the pet rat, promenaded the beams overhead, accompanied by his oldest son, a fine young fellow, who was evidently very proud of his whiskers.
I detested his pink, bald head, and his yellow whiskers, always soft and glistening.
On his arrival from the other world, he had merely found it necessary to spend a quarter of an hour at a barber's, who had trimmed down the Puritan's full beard into a pair of grizzled whiskers, then, patronizing a ready-made clothing establishment, he had exchanged his velvet doublet and sable cloak, with the richly worked band under his chin, for a white collar and cravat, coat, vest, and pantaloons; and lastly, putting aside his steel-hilted broadsword to take up a gold-headed cane, the Colonel Pyncheon of two centuries ago steps forward as the Judge of the passing moment!
He has red hair, very red, close-curling, and a pale face, long in shape, with straight, good features and little, rather queer whiskers that are as red as his hair.
One voyager in Purchas calls them the wondrous whiskers inside of the whale's mouth; another, hogs' bristles; a third old gentleman in Hackluyt uses the following elegant language: There are about two hundred and fifty fins growing on each side of his upper chop, which arch over his tongue on each side of his mouth.
Alfred Smirk considered himself very handsome; he spent a great deal of time about his hair, whiskers and necktie, before a little looking-glass in the harness-room.
Tommy" Hinds, as he was known to his intimates, was a squat little man, with broad shoulders and a florid face, decorated with gray side whiskers.
Legree shook with anger; his greenish eyes glared fiercely, and his very whiskers seemed to curl with passion; but, like some ferocious beast, that plays with its victim before he devours it, he kept back his strong impulse to proceed to immediate violence, and broke out into bitter raillery.
I also trimmed his whiskers and mustache until they were only about a half-inch long; and tried to do it inartistically, and succeeded.
One sees many women on the continent with quite conspicuous mustaches, but this was the only woman I saw who had reached the dignity of whiskers.
It was all black, no gray; so was his long, mixed-up whiskers.
He had on blue goggles and the naturalest-looking long brown whiskers and mustashes you ever see.