whisker

[ hwis-ker, wis- ]
/ ˈʰwɪs kər, ˈwɪs- /
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noun


Nearby words

  1. whirry,
  2. whish,
  3. whisht,
  4. whisk,
  5. whisk broom,
  6. whiskered,
  7. whiskery,
  8. whiskey,
  9. whiskey jack,
  10. whiskey rebellion

Idioms

    by a whisker, by the narrowest margin: She won the race by a whisker.

Origin of whisker

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at whisk, -er1

Related formswhisk·er·y, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for by-a-whisker

whisker

/ (ˈwɪskə) /

noun

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Word Origin and History for by-a-whisker

whisker

n.

"hair of a man's face" (usually plural), c.1600, originally a playful formation, from Middle English wisker "anything that whisks or sweeps" (early 15c.); see whisk (v.). In reference to animal lip hair, recorded from 1670s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with by-a-whisker

whisker

see by a hair (whisker); win by a nose (whisker).

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