whisker

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noun whis·ker \ˈhwi-skər, ˈwi-\

Definition of whisker

  1. 1a :  a hair of the beardb whiskers plural (1) archaic :  mustache (2) :  the part of the beard growing on the sides of the face or on the chinc :  hairbreadth lost the race by a whisker

  2. 2 :  one of the long projecting hairs or bristles growing near the mouth of an animal (such as a cat or bird)

  3. 3 :  an outrigger extending on each side of the bowsprit to spread the jib and flying jib guys —usually used in plural

  4. 4a :  a shred or filament resembling a whiskerb :  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.

Origin and Etymology of whisker

singular of whiskers mustache, from 2whisk


First Known Use: circa 1600



WHISKER Defined for English Language Learners

whisker

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noun whis·ker \ˈhwi-skər, ˈwi-\

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

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noun whis·ker \ˈhwi-skər, ˈwi-\

Definition of whisker for Students

  1. 1 whiskers plural :  the part of the beard that grows on the sides of the face and on the chin

  2. 2 :  one hair of the beard

  3. 3 :  a long bristle or hair growing near the mouth of an animal (as a cat)



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