Meaning of beaky in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbiːki/


  • 1 informal (of a person's nose) resembling a bird's beak; hooked.

    • ‘her long beaky nose seemed to quiver’
    • ‘With his brightly coloured breeches, beaky nose and piercing eyes, he must have resembled a loquacious and quick-witted parrot.’
    • ‘There are rows and rows of them, mostly with the same beaky nose and a well-groomed, cosmopolitan, upper middle class air.’
    • ‘Aspiring actors, the boys are confident they could make it big in Hollywood - if only they could do something about their crooked teeth, weak chins, beaky noses and acne-pocked skin.’
    • ‘The lady at the neighbouring table, with wrinkled skin, a beaky nose and bulging eyes, swathed in netted black, cast her withering glance.’
    • ‘Brandark had found a boulder to use as a heat reflector and slept between it and the fire with only his beaky nose poked out of his blankets.’
    • ‘With his big, practically black eyes and his beaky nose, he looks like one of Hieronymus Bosch's nightmare owls in human form.’
    • ‘Not until you saw his face, anyway, with the preemption of a beaky nose and awkwardly sharp jaw.’
    • ‘In the glazed portrait of 1987, the mature King's spectacles are disks like small saucers, the nose still courageous and beaky.’
    1. 1.1(of a person) having a beaky nose.
      ‘a small, determined, beaky man’
      • ‘Cornell, a lean, beaky charmer of a boss, would have made an amiable barrister.’
      • ‘It's been almost twenty years, I think, since I last saw Josh: a beaky, blinking, owl-faced artist, who lived in a crumbling East Anglian rectory.’
      • ‘Clear eyed, with a smart executive suit and a softly spiked hairstyle, he looks like a well-preserved businessman, a pair of small square glasses emphasising his beaky features.’
      • ‘We climbed further where the acolytes of some guru - his beaky, bearded portrait was propped against a wall - endeavoured to enforce a kind of spiritual toll on all who passed.’