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dundrearies

[duhn-dreer-eez]
plural noun (sometimes initial capital letter)
  1. long, full sideburns or muttonchop whiskers.
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Origin of dundrearies

1860–65; after the sideburns worn by actor Edward A. Sothern as Lord Dundreary, a character in the play Our American Cousin (1858) by Tom Taylor
Also called dun·drear·y whisk·ers.
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Word Origin and History for dundrearies

n.

1867, long, flowing whiskers, like those worn by actor E.A. Sothern (1826-1881) while playing Lord Dundreary, witless, indolent chief character in English dramatist Tom Taylor's play "Our American Cousin" (1858).

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