plural noun (sometimes initial capital letter)

long, full sideburns or muttonchop whiskers.

Nearby words

  1. dundee cake,
  2. dunder,
  3. dunderhead,
  4. dunderpate,
  5. dundonian,
  6. dune,
  7. dune buggy,
  8. dune-buggy,
  9. dunedin,
  10. duneland

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



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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper