Definition of five o'clock shadow in English:

five o'clock shadow


  • A dark appearance on a man's chin and face caused by the slight growth of beard that has occurred since he shaved in the morning.

    • ‘A five o'clock shadow was along his chin and the sides of his face, but it was adorable on him.’
    • ‘The man was tall, green-eyed, with curly black hair and a five o'clock shadow.’
    • ‘It's no wonder every bloke I see has a five o'clock shadow.’
    • ‘He had a five o'clock shadow in the early afternoon, but he still had shaved relatively recently.’
    • ‘He could shave at breakfast, reach five o'clock shadow by midday, and have a fully grown handlebar by teatime.’
    • ‘He had a five o'clock shadow and chiseled cheek bones.’
    • ‘A heavy handlebar moustache hangs over a solid jaw, grey with a permanent five o'clock shadow.’
    • ‘Gone is the five o'clock shadow, at least for the time being.’
    • ‘It is different to normal ladies make-up as it is a lot heavier and there is a special foundation I use to hide my five o'clock shadow.’
    • ‘The glasses were a new addition since she had seen him last, as was the five o'clock shadow on his chin and upper lip.’
    • ‘She noticed the presence of a five o'clock shadow.’
    • ‘Those eyes were the only thing that stood out in an unremarkable face obscured behind a carefully cultivated five o'clock shadow.’
    • ‘Instead of the patchy chin hair he had before, he now sported a five o'clock shadow.’
    • ‘With chiselled features, locks of untamed brown hair, soft brown eyes and permanent five o'clock shadow, he was the type that had women fall into his arms.’
    • ‘I shaved and washed my face before I left, getting rid of the slight five o'clock shadow that cursed my face around dinner time.’
    • ‘She said although he had no facial hair, she thought he had a five o'clock shadow.’
    • ‘He hadn't shaved, and there was a hint of a five o'clock shadow on his face.’
    • ‘Absently, he brushed his fingers against the five o'clock shadow on his cheek and pushed the unruly locks of honey-brown hair from his face.’
    • ‘Combined with his five o'clock shadow, he looked like a vagrant.’
    • ‘I reached over and touched the five o'clock shadow that was already forming on his face, and felt the rough surface against his chin.’
    facial hair, whiskers, stubble, designer stubble, bristles
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