Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

five-o'clock shadow

noun

Simple Definition of five-o'clock shadow

  • : the beginning of a beard that you can see late in the afternoon on the face of a man who has not shaved since morning

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of five-o'clock shadow

  1. :  the beginning of a beard that shows up late in the afternoon on the face of a man who has not shaved since morning

Word by Word Definitions

shadowplay
  1. :  partial darkness or obscurity within a part of space from which rays from a source of light are cut off by an interposed opaque body

    :  a reflected image

    :  shelter from danger or observation

  1. :  shelter, protect

    :  to cast a shadow upon :  cloud

    :  to shelter from the sun

  1. :  of, relating to, or resembling a shadow cabinet

    :  having an indistinct pattern

    :  having darker sections of design


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up five-o'clock shadow? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a smart aleck

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image567572573

Which of these is a synonym of unctuous?

angry prompt maudlin oily
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ