- the growth of hair on the face of an adult man, often including a mustache.
- Zoology. a tuft, growth, or part resembling or suggesting a human beard, as the tuft of long hairs on the lower jaw of a goat or the cluster of hairlike feathers at the base of the bill in certain birds.
- Botany. a tuft or growth of awns or the like, as on wheat or barley.
- a barb or catch on an arrow, fishhook, knitting needle, crochet needle, etc.
- Also called bevel neck. Printing.
- the sloping part of a type that connects the face with the shoulder of the body.
- British.the space on a type between the bottom of the face of an x-high character and the edge of the body, comprising both beard and shoulder.
- the cross stroke on the stem of a capital G.
- to seize, pluck, or pull the beard of: The hoodlums bearded the old man.
- to oppose boldly; defy: It took courage for the mayor to beard the pressure groups.
- to supply with a beard.
Origin of beard
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Examples from the Web for bearding
It was the most squalid of Gretnas, bearding the decency and common-sense of a whole metropolis.The Town
But, my Cid, better to think of bearding the lion than of celebrating the hunting.God Wills It!
William Stearns Davis
He had no notion of bearding any of the Confederate lionesses in their dens.Gabriel Tolliver
Joel Chandler Harris
But an hour or two, as it seemed, and he had been bearding Mr. Chattaway at the mine.Trevlyn Hold
Mrs. Henry Wood
Even if I did, I should be prepared to pay the penalty of bearding an editor in his den.'The Grandchildren of the Ghetto
- the hair growing on the lower parts of a man's face
- any similar growth in animals
- a tuft of long hairs in plants such as barley and wheat; awn
- the gills of an oyster
- a barb, as on an arrow or fish-hook
- slang a woman who accompanies a homosexual man to give the impression that he is heterosexual
- printing the part of a piece of type that connects the face with the shoulder
- to oppose boldly or impertinently
- to pull or grasp the beard of
Word Origin and History for bearding
c.1300, "to grow or have a beard," from beard (n.). The sense of "confront boldly and directly" is from Middle English phrases such as rennen in berd "oppose openly" (c.1200), reproven in the berd "to rebuke directly and personally" (c.1400), on the same notion as modern slang get in (someone's) face. Related: Bearded; bearding.
Old English beard "beard," from West Germanic *barthaz (cf. Old Frisian berd, Middle Dutch baert, Old High German bart, German bart), seemingly from PIE *bhardh-a- "beard" (cf. Old Church Slavonic brada, Lithuanian barzda, and perhaps Latin barba "beard").
The Greek and Roman Churches have long disputed about the beard. While the Romanists have at different times practised shaving, the Greeks, on the contrary, have strenuously defended the cause of long beards. Leo III. (795 AD) was the first shaved Pope. Pope Gregory IV., after the lapse of only 30 years, fulminated a Bull against bearded priests. In the 12th century the prescription of the beard was extended to the laity. Pope Honorius III. to disguise his disfigured lip, allowed his beard to grow. Henry I. of England was so much moved by a sermon directed against his beard that he resigned it to the barber. Frederick Barbarossa is said to have been equally tractable. [Tom Robinson, M.D., "Beards," "St. James's Magazine," 1881]
Pubic hair sense is from 1600s (but cf. neþir berd "pubic hair," late 14c.); in the 1811 "Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue," the phrase beard-splitter is defined as, "A man much given to wenching" (see beaver).
- A tuft or group of hairs or bristles on certain plants, such as barley and wheat. The individual strands of a beard are attached to a sepal or petal.