whisker Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a very small distance or space
    hair; hair's-breadth; hairsbreadth.
    • they escaped by a hair's-breadth
    • they lost the election by a whisker
  2. noun a long stiff hair growing from the snout or brow of most mammals as e.g. a cat
    sensory hair; vibrissa.
  3. verb furnish with whiskers
    • a whiskered jersey


Whisk"er noun
  1. One who, or that which, whisks, or moves with a quick, sweeping motion.
  2. Formerly, the hair of the upper lip; a mustache; -- usually in the plural.
    Hoary whiskers and a forky beard. Pope.
  3. pl. That part of the beard which grows upon the sides of the face, or upon the chin, or upon both; as, side whiskers; chin whiskers.
  4. A hair of the beard.
  5. One of the long, projecting hairs growing at the sides of the mouth of a cat, or other animal.
  6. pl. (Naut.) Iron rods extending on either side of the bowsprit, to spread, or guy out, the stays, etc.

Webster 1913