Beard definition

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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.
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The hair growing on the lower part of a man's face; whiskers.
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To furnish with a beard.
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To confront boldly.
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This hair, esp. on the chin and cheek, when worn long or trimmed in various shapes.
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A hairy outgrowth on the head of certain grains, grasses, etc.; awn.
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Anything that projects like a beard, as a barb or hook.
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The part of a printing type that lies between the face and shoulder.
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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.
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To provide with a beard.
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The definition of beard means hair on the face of a man.

The facial hair on a lumberjack is an example of a beard.

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Facial hair on the chin, cheeks and jaw.
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The cluster of small feathers at the base of the beak in some birds.
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The appendages to the jaw in some cetaceans, and to the mouth or jaws of some fishes.
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The byssus of certain shellfish.
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The gills of some bivalves, such as the oyster.
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In insects, the hairs of the labial palpi of moths and butterflies.
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(botany) Long or stiff hairs on a plant; the awn.

The beard of grain.

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A barb or sharp point of an arrow or other instrument, projecting backward to prevent the head from being easily drawn out.
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That part of the underside of a horse's lower jaw which is above the chin, and bears the curb of a bridle.
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(printing, dated) That part of a type which is between the shoulder of the shank and the face.
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(LGBT, slang) A woman who accompanies a gay male in order to give the impression that he is heterosexual.
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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.

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To take by the beard; to seize, pluck, or pull the beard of (a man), in anger or contempt.
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To deprive (an oyster or similar shellfish) of the gills.
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A surname​.
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Any beardlike part, as of certain animals.
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To face or oppose courageously or brazenly, as if grasping by the beard; defy.
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(person) 1874-1948; U.S. historian.
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(person) 1850-1941; U.S. writer & illustrator: a founder of the Boy Scouts of America.
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(person) 1876-1958; U.S. historian: collaborated with husband Charles Austin.
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A growth of hair on the chin, cheeks, and throat of a person, especially a man.
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A tuft or growth of hairs, bristles, or other hairlike threads on a plant or animal.
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A tuft or group of hairs or bristles on certain plants, such as barley and wheat. The individual strands of a beard are attached to a sepal or petal.
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A growth of hair on the chin, cheeks, and throat of a person, especially a man.
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A tuft or growth of hairs, bristles, or other hairlike threads on a plant or animal.
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(printing) The raised slope on a piece of type between the shoulder or counter and the face.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
beard
Plural:
beards

Origin of beard

  • Middle English berd from Old English beard bhardh-ā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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)).

    From Wiktionary

  • Originally a nickname for someone with a beard.

    From Wiktionary