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Friday, December 08, 2017

Definitions for dundrearies

  1. long, full sideburns or muttonchop whiskers.

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Citations for dundrearies
... Mr. Pierce pulled at his dundrearies and everybody was very jolly and they talked about the schooner Mary Wentworth and how Colonel Hodgeson and Father Murphy looked so hard on the cheery glass ... John Dos Passos, The 42nd Parallel, 1930
... old Glory Allelujerum was round again today, an elderly man with dundrearies, preferring through his nose a request to have word of Wilhelmina, my life, as he calls her. James Joyce, Ulysses, 1922
Origin of dundrearies
Dundreries came to English in the 1860s after the sideburns worn by actor Edward A. Sothern as Lord Dundreary, a character in the play Our American Cousin (1858) by Tom Taylor.