having a beard.
having a hairlike growth or tuft, as certain wheats.
having a barb, as a fishhook.

Nearby words

  1. beard worm,
  2. beard, charles austin,
  3. beard, daniel carter,
  4. beard, james,
  5. beard-stroking,
  6. bearded collie,
  7. bearded darnel,
  8. bearded dragon,
  9. bearded seal,
  10. bearded tit

Origin of bearded

First recorded in 1350–1400, bearded is from the Middle English word beerdid. See beard, -ed3

Related formsbeard·ed·ness, nounnon·beard·ed, adjectiveun·beard·ed, adjective




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.
  1. the sloping part of a type that connects the face with the shoulder of the body.
  2. 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.
  3. the cross stroke on the stem of a capital G.

verb (used with object)

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

before 900; Middle English berd, Old English beard; cognate with German Bart, Dutch baard, Late Latin Langobardi Long-beards, name of the Lombards, Crimean Gothic bars, Latin barba (> Welsh barf), Lithuanian barzdà, OCS brada, Russian borodá; European Indo-European *bHaer-dhā, perhaps akin to barley1

Related formsbeard·like, adjectiveun·beard, verb (used with object) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bearded



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

verb (tr)

to oppose boldly or impertinently
to pull or grasp the beard of
Derived Formsbearded, adjective

Word Origin for beard

Old English beard; related to Old Norse barth, Old High German bart, Latin barba

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Word Origin and History for bearded
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Science definitions for bearded



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.
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