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

  • Whiskers worn usually long on the sides of a man's face.

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

  • n. facial hair that has grown down the side of a man's face in front of the ears (especially when the rest of the beard is shaved off)


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  • Popular culture insists on a near-exact similarity, and so the actor who turns up in a period drama is simply a 21st-century man deviously arrayed in side-whiskers and a frock coat and betraying himself from one intonation to the next.

    A Far From Model Marriage

  • Doré's portrayal of a weak-chinned fop in a white suit, enormous side-whiskers and broad-brimmed hat was so potent that the image was subsequently reissued in America as a send-up of a Southerner before the Civil War.

    Making a Mockery of It All

  • About five feet seven inches in height; strongly built, sallow complexion, black hair, a little bald in the centre, bushy, black side-whiskers and moustache; tinted glasses, slight infirmity of speech.

    Sole Music

  • One of the largest stalls bore the name of Breckinridge upon it, and the proprietor a horsy-looking man, with a sharp face and trim side-whiskers was helping a boy to put up the shutters.

    Sole Music

  • Oscar reflected that he and Edward Garstrang were probably the only two white men in the entire state of Colorado that day not to be wearing either side-whiskers, a moustache, or a beard.

    Oscar Wilde and the Dead Man’s Smile

  • Standing next the Prince was a brown-faced, wrinkled man with silver spectacles and fluffy, dingy-grey side-whiskers, who regarded Bert with a peculiar and disconcerting attention.

    The War in the Air

  • He was wearing a dark blue overcoat of no particular cut, his aspect had no relief; yet those restless side-whiskers flanking his red mouth and the suspicious expression of his black eyes made him noticeable.

    The Arrow of Gold

  • I should have told you yesterday that all my boys were got up for their work in moustaches and side-whiskers of some sort of blacking — I suppose wood-ash.

    Vailima Letters

  • The eyes — with thick under-lids, were light and shrewd and rather japing; the side-whiskers grey; the mouth looked as if it could swallow a lot; the old-time tail-coat was of broadcloth; the hands those of a man of affairs.

    Swan Song

  • And, moving at forty miles an hour along the road to Billingshurst, he recalled being fetched by old Gradman at six miles an hour from Paddington Station to Park Lane in a growler with wet straw on the floor — over sixty years ago — when old Gradman himself was only a boy of twenty, trying to grow side-whiskers and writing round-hand all day.

    Swan Song


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