bewhisker vs whisker what difference

what is difference between bewhisker and whisker



From be- (at, on, upon) +‎ whisker.


bewhisker (third-person singular simple present bewhiskers, present participle bewhiskering, simple past and past participle bewhiskered)

  1. (transitive) To give or add whiskers to; to put whiskers on.

Derived terms

  • bewhiskered



Middle English wisker, whisk (verb) +‎ -er


  • IPA(key): /ʍɪskə(ɹ)/, /wɪskə(ɹ)/
  • Rhymes: -ɪskə(r)


whisker (plural whiskers)

  1. That part of the beard which grows upon the sides of the face, usually of the male, or upon the chin, or upon both.
  2. A hair of the beard.
  3. One of the long, projecting hairs growing at the sides of the mouth of a cat, or other animal.
  4. (colloquial) The (very small) distance between two things.
  5. (nautical) Spreaders from the bows to spread the bowsprit shrouds.
  6. (statistics) A graphic element that shows the maxima and minima in a box plot.
  7. One who, or that which, whisks, or moves with a quick, sweeping motion.
  8. (metallurgy) A small tendril that forms on metal.

Derived terms

  • cat’s whiskers


Further reading

  • whisker on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • whisker in the Encyclopædia Britannica (11th edition, 1911)


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