Definitions

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  • n. The face.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The face or visage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The face or visage.

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

  • n. English illustrator of several of Dickens' novels (1815-1882)
  • n. the human face (`kisser' and `smiler' and `mug' are informal terms for `face' and `phiz' is British)

Etymologies

Short for physiognomy. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Next day there was more than one "phiz" between Minnie and Mona, owing to the fact that Minnie's mind was so entirely occupied by her new undertaking, that she could not manage to give more than a small part of her attention to her lessons.

    Hollowmell or, A Schoolgirl's Mission

  • But on this particular day it seemed as if some of the ingredients were wanting, for the morning and afternoon passed, to the astonishment of all, without a single "phiz" as the girls were wont somewhat felicitously to call the frequent passages of arms in which the two girls considered it their peculiar privilege to indulge.

    Hollowmell or, A Schoolgirl's Mission

  • Dean Swift, the great Irish satirist, coined the word "phiz" for face.

    How to Speak and Write Correctly

  • "Lamper, old chap, I _am_ glad to see your 'phiz' again."

    The Hill A Romance of Friendship

  • He has a long pedigree, a crooked tail and the drollest "phiz" in dogdom.

    The Story of My Life

  • a key connection between the elongation of Soyer's physiognomy ( "phiz"), and his desire for renown.

    Alexis Soyer and the Rise of the Celebrity Chef

  • It got his phiz on the front of Time Magazine, so I'm sure he considers it money well spent.

    Mark Zuckerberg's philanthropy is reason enough to applaud him | Arianna Huffington

  • He was big and ugly, with a nose that had been spread half across his face, probably by a club, there wasn't a hair on his phiz or gleaming skull, the huge arms protruding from his vest were covered with tattoos, but what took the eye was that he was clieking away with knitting needles at a piece of woollen work - not a common sight in a waterfront dosshouse.

    THE NUMBERS

  • Anyway, darlings, when I spotted this person's phiz in the print edition of today's WSJ, my first thought was "My Goddess, that's a woman disguised as a man!"

    Friday Night Miscellany

  • It was a boy less than ten years of age, ragged, very small, yellow, with an odd phiz, a vivacious eye, an enormous amount of hair drenched with rain, and wearing a contented air.

    Les Miserables

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  • Citation on innkeeper.

    November 14, 2008

  • Archaic Britishism for face.

    August 20, 2008

  • "He added that he was thinking of Mrs Pullings, of Mrs Captain Pullings, and what she would say to an income of sixteen guineas a month. Sixteen beautiful guineas a lunar month!

    "'What she will say to your poor phiz is more to the point,' said Jack to himself... A very ugly wound indeed: he had rarely seen an uglier. Yet Stephan Maturin assured him that the great gash would heal and that the eye was in no danger..."
    --Patrick O'Brian, Treason's Harbour, 32

    February 15, 2008

  • phiz just face it

    January 12, 2007