Simple Definition of whisker
: a hair that grows on a man's face
: any one of the long, stiff hairs that grow near the mouth of some animals
: a very small distance or amount
Full Definition of whisker
2 : one of the long projecting hairs or bristles growing near the mouth of an animal (as a cat or bird)
3 : an outrigger extending on each side of the bowsprit to spread the jib and flying jib guys —usually used in plural
4 a : a shred or filament resembling a whisker b : a thin hairlike crystal (as of sapphire or copper) of exceptional mechanical strength used especially to reinforce composite structural material
Examples of whisker
He won the race by a whisker.
Origin of whisker
singular of whiskers mustache, from 2whisk
First Known Use: circa 1600
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up whisker? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).