dun dreary whisker

dundrearies

[duhn-dreer-eez]
plural noun (sometimes initial capital letter)
long, full sideburns or muttonchop whiskers.
Also called dundreary whiskers.


Origin:
1860–65; after the sideburns worn by actor Edward A. Sothern as Lord Dundreary, a character in the play Our American Cousin (1858) by Tom Taylor

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dundrearies
1862, long, flowing whiskers, like those worn by actor E.A. Sothern (1826-1881) while playing Lord Dundreary, witless, indolent chief character in English dramatist Tom Taylor's play "Our American Cousin" (1858).
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