A man with a beard.
The facial hair on a lumberjack is an example of a beard.
- the hair growing on the lower part of a man's face; whiskers
- this hair, esp. on the chin and cheek, when worn long or trimmed in various shapes
- any beardlike part, as of certain animals
- a hairy outgrowth on the head of certain grains, grasses, etc.; awn
- anything that projects like a beard, as a barb or hook
- the part of a printing type that lies between the face and shoulder
- ⌂ Slang a person who acts as a cover () for another in public settings; specif., one who assumes the role of spouse or sweetheart so as to conceal the homosexuality of a well-known person
Origin of beardMiddle English and amp; Old English ; from Indo-European an unverified form bhardh? from source Classical Latin barba, Russian boroda, Germanic an unverified form barda, German bart
- to face or oppose courageously or brazenly, as if grasping by the beard; defy
- to provide with a beard
- A growth of hair on the chin, cheeks, and throat of a person, especially a man.
- A tuft or growth of hairs, bristles, or other hairlike threads on a plant or animal.
- One who serves to divert suspicion or attention from another, especially a person of the opposite sex who accompanies a gay man or lesbian to give the impression of heterosexuality.
- Printing The raised slope on a piece of type between the shoulder or counter and the face. Also called neck.
transitive verbbeard·ed, beard·ing, beards
- To furnish with a beard.
- To confront boldly.
Origin of beardMiddle English berd, from Old English beard; see bhardh-ā- in Indo-European roots.
top: on wheat
bottom: on a male turkey's breast
- Facial hair on the chin, cheeks and jaw.
- The cluster of small feathers at the base of the beak in some birds.
- The appendages to the jaw in some cetaceans, and to the mouth or jaws of some fishes.
- The byssus of certain shellfish.
- The gills of some bivalves, such as the oyster.
- In insects, the hairs of the labial palpi of moths and butterflies.
- (botany) Long or stiff hairs on a plant; the awn.
- the beard of grain
- A barb or sharp point of an arrow or other instrument, projecting backward to prevent the head from being easily drawn out.
- That part of the underside of a horse's lower jaw which is above the chin, and bears the curb of a bridle.
- (printing, dated) That part of a type which is between the shoulder of the shank and the face.
- (LGBT, slang) A woman who accompanies a gay male in order to give the impression that he is heterosexual.
(third-person singular simple present beards, present participle bearding, simple past and past participle bearded)
- To boldly and bravely oppose or confront, often to the chagrin of the one being bearded.
- Robin Hood is always shown as bearding the Sheriff of Nottingham.
- To take by the beard; to seize, pluck, or pull the beard of (a man), in anger or contempt.
- To deprive (an oyster or similar shellfish) of the gills.
From Middle English berd, from Old English beard, from Proto-Germanic *bardaz (compare West Frisian burd, Dutch baard, German Bart), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰardʰ-eh₂ (compare Latin barba, Lithuanian barzda, Russian борода (borodá)).
- A surname.
Originally a nickname for someone with a beard.