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Beards and moustaches

beard

noun

hair that grows on a man’s chin and cheeks

bearded

adjective

a bearded man has a beard

clean-shaven

adjective

a clean-shaven man shaves the hair from his face, so that he does not have a beard or moustache

five o’clock shadow

noun

a slight growth of hair on a man’s face in the afternoon when he has shaved in the morning

goatee

noun

a small pointed beard

handlebar moustache

noun

a long moustache that curls up at both ends

hirsute

adjective

a hirsute man has a lot of hair on his face or body

moustache

noun

the hair that grows on a man’s upper lip, especially deliberately grown in a particular shape

moustachioed

adjective

a moustachioed man has a moustache, especially a large or curly one

mustache

an American spelling of moustache

mustachioed

adjective

an American spelling of moustachioed

muttonchops

noun

hair growing on a man’s cheeks in a shape that gets wider from the ear to the chin. Muttonchops were fashionable in the 19th century.

pencil moustache

noun

a very narrow moustache

shaven

adjective

with the hair shaved off. A more usual word is shaved.

sideburns

noun

hair that grows down a man’s cheeks

stubble

noun

the short stiff hairs on a man’s face that grow into a beard if he does not cut them off

tache

noun

a moustache

unshaven

adjective

a man who is unshaven has hair growing on his face because he has not shaved recently

whiskers

noun

hair that grows on a man’s face, especially on his cheeks

stubbly

adjective

whiskered

adjective

grow a beard/moustache

to start to let the hair on your face grow, so that you will have a beard or moustache

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