Adjective "beard" definition and examples

(Beard may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/bɪəd/

Definitions and examples

noun

A growth of hair on the chin and lower cheeks of a man's face.
  1. mass noun 'three days' growth of beard'
  2. 'He had even taken the time to dye his beard and hair black.'
  3. 'The two six-year-old boys described the man who approached them as white, aged about 40, with some beard growth on his chin.'
  4. 'They are young; they wear fatigues and sport long black hair and beards.'
  5. 'His suit was dark, his hair dyed black, his beard full and neat.'
  6. 'The giveaways are the white beard, ruddy cheeks and pet cat draped round his neck like a fur stole.'
  7. 'His long, tangled hair joined with his beard, his long black leather coat was clad with silver chains and spikes, as were his solid boots.'
  8. 'Euthenas giggled as the whiskery hairs of his beard tickled her cheeks.'
  9. 'The other was 5ft 9in with short black hair and a beard.'
  10. 'The man was a giant, with a large flowing mane of jet black hair and a beard to match.'
  11. 'He had short black hair with a black beard and what has been described as ‘sores’ on his face.'
  12. 'The small head is solid gold in colour, with a happy, playful expression, wide square jaw and a red beard.'
  13. 'The tail is short and tipped with black; ears have long black tufts and cheeks have long pale ruffs which form a pointed beard at the throat.'
  14. 'The beard and whiskers are white or grey, the forehead band and mane are white to yellow-white.'
  15. 'Many of the larger hatcheries claim to sell araucanas, but instead are selling americanas, which have a tail and a beard instead of tufts, or Easter Egg chickens, which can look like anything as they are only part araucana.'
  16. 'Turkey beards (likened to human scalps) were used for some of the vertical elements of traditional Osage hair roaches.'
  17. 'The strands of barley's beard can get stuck in an animals mouth because it is sharp.'
  18. 'Decorate each ‘ear’ with two leaves and spun sugar to resemble corn beards.'
  19. 'Each grain is covered with a husk called the ‘lemma’ which may or may not have a long hair or ‘beard’ on the tip; modern wheats include bearded and beardless varieties.'
A person who carries out a transaction, typically a bet, for someone else in order to conceal the other's identity.
  1. 'Customers found opening or using multiple accounts or masking their true identity "beards" will forfeit all winnings.'
  2. 'When a betable edge between their results and the line is seen, their movers or beards pound the books.'
  3. 'So beards, carrying their myriad associations with dissent and disorder, shiftiness and oddness, are considered dangerous vote - losers.'
A woman who accompanies a homosexual man as an escort to a social occasion, in order to help conceal his homosexuality.
  1. 'One of her very gay friends has a Hampton wedding to his very female beard.'
  2. 'True, their female beard friend is over in the isolation booth but there's nothing really gay about the "altered" photo.'
  3. 'So they decided to obscure their relationship, taking a female pal along as Sie's de facto beard.'

verb

Boldly confront or challenge (someone formidable)
  1. 'The man was bearded and wore a shiny suit and a red leather tie.'
  2. 'Vida away, Elsie and Aileen teaching, so I was left to beard the dragon.'
  3. 'Cue Albertz on Friday, bursting into the Sunday assembly and bearding my colleague, the sepulchral Hugh Keevins, accusing him of invention, hyperbole and all manner of crimes against the natural order.'

More definitions

noun

1. the growth of hair on the face of an adult man, often including a mustache.

2. Zoology. a tuft, growth, or part resembling or suggesting a human beard, as the tuft of long hairs on the lower jaw of a goat or the cluster of hairlike feathers at the base of the bill in certain birds.

3. Botany. a tuft or growth of awns or the like, as on wheat or barley.

4. a barb or catch on an arrow, fishhook, knitting needle, crochet needle, etc.

5. Also called bevel neck. Printing. the sloping par

Origin

Old English, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch baard and German Bart.

Phrase

beard the lion in his den (or lair)