whis·​ker | \ ˈhwi-skər How to pronounce whisker (audio) , ˈwi-\

Definition of whisker

1a : 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
4a : 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

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Other Words from whisker

whiskered \ ˈhwi-​skərd How to pronounce whiskered (audio) , ˈwi-​ \ adjective
whiskery \ ˈhwi-​sk(ə-​)rē How to pronounce whiskery (audio) , ˈwi-​ \ adjective

Examples of whisker in a Sentence

He won the race by a whisker.

Recent Examples on the Web

Pipe on pink frosting ears and white frosting whiskers. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Chocolate Apple Cat Faces," 13 Sep. 2019 July 5 As a great observing challenge, look for the whisker-thin waxing crescent moon hanging low in the southwest sky on the evening of the 5th, about 30 to 60 minutes after your local sunset. Andrew Fazekas, National Geographic, "Saturn at its best, and more top stargazing events in July," 1 July 2019 Meanwhile, stack several of the kale leaves and cut into whisker-thin slices. Daniel Neman, Twin Cities, "Four recipes to celebrate the in-season, in-the-moment kale," 20 June 2019 At the very least, the whiskers help Thompson get into character as the grizzled veteran in the SDSU secondary. San Diego Union-Tribune, "5 questions with ... Aztecs DB Tariq Thompson," 5 Aug. 2019 Unfortunately and somewhat ironically for Perez, the 'ugly', quiet man with the walrus whiskers and little appetite for celebrity was the very best person in the world to make the impossible Galacticos project work. SI.com, "Vicente del Bosque: The Unluckiest Manager in the World Who Led Spain to Immortality," 5 July 2019 And Stacey Abrams came within a whisker of beating Brian Kemp in the governor’s race. The Economist, "How Johnny Isakson’s resignation could help Democrats flip the Senate," 29 Aug. 2019 With twitching whiskers and staccato-like movements, the nocturnal rodent searches for seeds and grain to store in its cheek pouches. Ben Brazil, Daily Pilot, "The Dana Point Headlands is setting an example for how conservation can be done in urban areas," 27 July 2019 Janelle Shoihet, who led the briefing, that included whiskers and cat ears. Abby Vesoulis, Time, "Canadian Police Accidentally Livestream Double Homicide Press Conference Using Facebook's Cat Filter," 21 July 2019

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First Known Use of whisker

circa 1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for whisker

singular of whiskers mustache, from whisk entry 2

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English Language Learners 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
informal : a very small distance or amount


whis·​ker | \ ˈhwi-skər How to pronounce whisker (audio) , ˈwi-\

Kids Definition of whisker

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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