noun Slang.

Origin of phiz

abbreviation of physiognomy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for phiz

Historical Examples of phiz

  • Rub your phiz with something wet, for it is very much swollen.

    Foma Gordyeff

    Maxim Gorky

  • He has a long pedigree, a crooked tail and the drollest "phiz" in dogdom.

    Story of My Life

    Helen Keller

  • There were also five by Phiz, which were not engraved, and one by Leech.

  • Windham and Allbreath were his favorite writers,—his favorite artist, Phiz.

  • Yes, and Weathercock has had an awful licking; look at his phiz.

    The Weathercock

    George Manville Fenn

British Dictionary definitions for phiz



slang, mainly British the face or a facial expressionan ugly phiz Also called: phizog (ˈfɪzɒɡ, fɪˈzɒɡ)

Word Origin for phiz

C17: colloquial shortening of physiognomy



real name Hablot Knight Browne. 1815–82, English painter, noted for his illustrations for Dickens' novels
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Word Origin and History for phiz

1680s, jocular abbreviation of physiognomy; hence "face, countenance, facial expression."

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