beard

noun
\ ˈbird How to pronounce beard (audio) \

Definition of beard

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : the hair that grows on a man's face often excluding the mustache
2 : a hairy or bristly appendage or tuft

beard

verb
bearded; bearding; beards

Definition of beard (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to confront and oppose with boldness, resolution, and often effrontery : defy
2 : to furnish with a beard

Beard

biographical name (1)
\ ˈbird How to pronounce Beard (audio) \

Definition of Beard (Entry 3 of 4)

Charles Austin 1874–1948 and his wife Mary 1876–1958 née Ritter American historians

Beard

biographical name (2)

Definition of Beard (Entry 4 of 4)

Daniel Carter 1850–1941 American painter, illustrator, and organizer of Boy Scouts in U.S.

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Other Words from beard

Noun

bearded \ ˈbir-​dəd How to pronounce bearded (audio) \ adjective
beardedness noun
beardless \ ˈbird-​ləs How to pronounce beardless (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for beard

Synonyms: Verb

brave, brazen, breast, confront, dare, defy, face, outbrave, outface

Antonyms: Verb

dodge, duck, funk, shirk, sidestep

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Examples of beard in a Sentence

Noun

He grew a beard and mustache. the beard of a goat

Verb

a man of integrity who was never afraid to beard the lion in his den
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The uniform of the conformist — sports shirt, cardigan, tennis shoes — is as easily recognized as that of the recusant — dirty white T, sideburns, two days’ growth of beard. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "‘True West’ is back at Steppenwolf, wrestling with the ghosts of Malkovich, Sinise and Shepard," 15 July 2019 Carr, sporting a T-shirt, shorts, and a two-day growth of beard, joined the line of girls and gamely tried to jump rope. David Quammen, National Geographic, "How one of Africa’s great parks is rebounding from war," 12 June 2019 With the currency of beards came a multibillion-dollar industry dedicated to ensuring that men’s facial hair has the right balance, shape, health and shine. Jason Diamond, WSJ, "The Best Beard Trimmers for Each Man’s Grooming Quirks," 21 Nov. 2018 Neil never once had to think about whether to color or conceal the gray sprouting out of his beard. Jessica Berger Gross, Longreads, "Gone Gray," 10 July 2018 Police in Sanford are seeking the public’s help finding a man suspected of stealing nearly $1,000 worth of beard trimmers from a Target store earlier this month. Jeff Weiner, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Cops seek clean-shaved suspect in beard trimmer heist at Sanford Target," 18 June 2018 Between them stands Instagram superstar Dan Bilzerian in a button-down shirt, showing off a thick beard, biceps, and a steely gaze. Jenni Avins, Quartzy, "An avatar of toxic masculinity is starting a men’s grooming line," 2 July 2019 On Saturday, the Mariners officially kicked the can a bit further down the road, trading slugger Edwin Encarnacion to the Yankees (where he was forced to shave his beard, making him look like a melting Gary Sheffield). Jon Tayler, SI.com, "The Rockies-Padres Series at Coors Field Was Bonkers in the Best Way Possible," 18 June 2019 So let’s crank up the Fleetwood Mac, put away the Ambien, shave off our beards, and dive into episode 2 of the second season of Big Little Lies. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Big Little Lies' Adam Scott on Madeline's huge betrayal, the 'extremely dangerous' Mary Louise," 17 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Bearded Iris faded from dusky purple to smog orange in one photo, and in another two black goats munched on daisies. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Reflections of an Accidental Florist," 28 Aug. 2017 Parker is broad-shouldered and bearded and deep-voiced. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "A Doctor's Plan to End Patriarchy," 25 June 2017 This gift basket includes Brother’s Joseph’s Belgian Style Dubble Ale from Huntsville, Fairhope Amber from Fairhope and Bearded Lade American Wheat Ale from Birmingham. AL.com, "15 Alabama-made gifts for Father's Day," 7 June 2017

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First Known Use of beard

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for beard

Noun

Middle English berd, from Old English beard; akin to Old High German bart beard, Latin barba

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The first known use of beard was before the 12th century

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beard

noun

English Language Learners Definition of beard

: the hair that grows on a man's cheeks and chin
: the long hair that grows on the chin of some animals

beard

noun
\ ˈbird How to pronounce beard (audio) \

Kids Definition of beard

1 : the hair that grows on a man's face often not including the mustache
2 : a hairy growth or tuft (as on the chin of a goat)

Other Words from beard

bearded adjective a bearded man

beard

noun
\ ˈbi(ə)rd How to pronounce beard (audio) \

Medical Definition of beard

: the hair that grows on a man's face often excluding the mustache

Other Words from beard

bearded \ -​əd How to pronounce bearded (audio) \ adjective

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