MEANING: n, A man who marries and kills one wife after another.

ETYMOLOGY: After Bluebeard, nickname of Raoul, the blue-bearded main character in a fairy tale by Charles Perrault (1628-1703). In the story, Bluebeard's wife finds the bodies of his previous wives in a room she was forbidden to enter. The feminine equivalent of the word could be black widow. Earliest documented use: 1795.


BLURBEARD - Five-o'clock shadow