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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈbɪədɪd/, /ˈbɪədəd/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈbɪɹdəd/, /ˈbiɚdəd/

Etymology 1Edit

From beard +‎ -ed.



  1. simple past tense and past participle of beard

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English berded, from Old English ġebearded, ġebeardede, ġebierd, ġebierde (bearded), from Proto-Germanic *bardidaz (bearded), equivalent to beard +‎ -ed. Cognate with Dutch bebaarde (bearded), Middle Low German bārt (bearded), archaic German gebartet (bearded).


bearded (comparative more bearded, superlative most bearded)

  1. Having a beard; involving a beard.
    • c. 1603, William Shakespeare, Othello, Act IV, Scene 1, [1]
      Good sir, be a man: / Think every bearded fellow that's but yoked / May draw with you:
    • 1693, Juvenal, The Satyrs, translated by John Dryden and others, London: J. Tonson, 1735, 6th edition, Satyr VI, p. 80, [2]
      There are who in soft Eunuchs place their Bliss; / To shun the Scrubbing of a bearded Kiss, / And 'scape Abortion; but their solid Joy / Is when the Page, already past a Boy, / Is Capon'd late; and to the Gelder shown, / With his two Pounders to Perfection grown. / When all the Navel string cou'd give, appears; / All but the Beard, and that's the Barber's loss, not theirs.
    • 1899 September – 1900 July, Joseph Conrad, chapter XII, in Lord Jim: A Tale, Edinburgh; London: William Blackwood and Sons, published 1900, OCLC 8754022, page 160:
      He made us laugh till we cried, and, not altogether displeased at the effect, undersized and bearded to the waist like a gnome, he would tiptoe amongst us and say, 'It's all very well for you beggars to laugh, but my immortal soul was shrivelled down to the size of a parched pea after a week of that work.'
  2. Having a fringe or appendage resembling a beard in some way (often followed by with).
    • 1847, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie, lines 1-3, [3]
      This is the forest primeval. The murmuring pines and the hemlocks, / Bearded with moss, and in garments green, indistinct in the twilight, / Stand like Druids of eld [...]
    • 1881, Oscar Wilde, "Panthea" in Poems, Boston: Roberts Brothers, p. 182, [4]
      [...] but the joyous sea / Shall be our raiment, and the bearded star / Shoot arrows at our pleasure!
    • 1894, A. E., "On a Hill-Top" in Homeward: Songs by the Way, London: John Lane, 1901, p. 42, [5]
      Bearded with dewy grass the mountains thrust / Their blackness high into the still grey light,
  3. (in combination) Having a beard (or similar appendage) of a specified type.
    • c. 1606, William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra, Act I, Scene 1, [6]
      [...] who knows / If the scarce-bearded Caesar have not sent / His powerful mandate to you, ‘Do this, or this; Take in that kingdom, and enfranchise that; / Perform 't, or else we damn thee.’
    • 1855, Matthew Arnold, Balder Dead, Part II, lines 55-7, in The Poems of Matthew Arnold, 1840-1867, Oxford University Press, 1909, p. 248, [7]
      [...] for with his hammer Thor / Smote 'mid the rocks the lichen-bearded pines / And burst their roots [...]
    • 1951, C. S. Lewis, Prince Caspian, Collins, 1998, Chapter 11,
      Down below that in the Great River, now at its coldest hour, the heads and shoulders of the nymphs, and the great weedy-bearded head of the river-god, rose from the water.
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