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noun Slang.
  1. face.
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Origin of phiz

abbreviation of physiognomy
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Related Words for phiz

hue, tint, texture, coloring, skin, tinge, tone, color, cast, mug, flush, front, glow, pigmentation, phiz, coloration

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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


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

C17: colloquial shortening of physiognomy


  1. 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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