whisker

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

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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Examples from the Web for whiskery

  • Hoddan astonishedly regarded his whiskery countenance, contorted with grief and dampened with tears.

    The Pirates of Ersatz|Murray Leinster
  • And I was so deeply absorbed with the idea that I did not at first see the whiskery old man who was coming my way in a farm wagon.

British Dictionary definitions for whiskery (1 of 2)

whiskery

/ (ˈwɪskərɪ) /

adjective -skerier or -skeriest

having whiskers
old; unkempt

British Dictionary definitions for whiskery (2 of 2)

whisker

/ (ˈwɪskə) /

noun

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Word Origin and History for whiskery

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 whiskery

whisker


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

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