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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BEARD

The hands of Hank Rainer fell suddenly, but now lower than his beard.

I would not let the smallest child stroke his father's beard roughly.

In his father's face this could not be detected, on account of the beard.

Look you, Sir; a beard is something in itself; a beard is half the doctor.

Remembering her map Kingozi's lips compressed under his beard.

But then, if people grew savage, they might pull my beard out by the roots.

His hair and beard hung long and matted over his broad shoulders.

His lips were working so that his beard bristled about his mouth.

He had a beard, and on his shoulder a poncho, but that was all I knew.

His beard and hair were white, and his face bore traces of suffering.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English beard "beard," from West Germanic *barthaz (cf. Old Frisian berd, Middle Dutch baert, Old High German bart, German bart), seemingly from PIE *bhardh-a- "beard" (cf. Old Church Slavonic brada, Lithuanian barzda, and perhaps Latin barba "beard").

Pubic hair sense is from 1600s (but cf. neþir berd "pubic hair," late 14c.); in the 1811 "Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue," the phrase beard-splitter is defined as, "A man much given to wenching" (see beaver).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR BEARD

appearance

nounoutward show; pretense
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