whisker

noun whis·ker \ ˈhwi-skər , ˈwi- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of whisker

1 a : a hair of the beard
b whiskers plural
(1) archaic : mustache
(2) : the part of the beard growing on the sides of the face or on the chin
c : hairbreadth
  • lost the race by a whisker
2 : one of the long projecting hairs or bristles growing near the mouth of an animal (such 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

whiskered

play \ˈhwi-skərd, ˈwi-\ adjective

whiskery

play \ˈhwi-sk(ə-)rē, ˈwi-\ adjective

Examples of whisker in a Sentence

  1. He won the race by a whisker.

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Origin and Etymology of whisker

singular of whiskers mustache, from 2whisk



WHISKER Defined for English Language Learners

whisker

noun

Definition of whisker for English Language Learners

  • : 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


WHISKER Defined for Kids

whisker

noun whis·ker \ ˈhwi-skər , ˈwi- \

Definition of whisker for Students

1 whiskers plural : the part of the beard that grows on the sides of the face and on the chin
2 : one hair of the beard
3 : a long bristle or hair growing near the mouth of an animal (as a cat)


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