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shaver

[shey-ver] /ˈʃeɪ vər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that shaves.
2.
an electric razor.
3.
Informal. a small boy; youngster.
4.
a fellow.
5.
a person who makes close bargains or is extortionate.
Origin of shaver
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English; see shave, -er1; compare chip off the old block
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  • After a contest of half an hour, shaver was repulsed and fell back.

    From Fort Henry to Corinth Manning Ferguson Force
  • Come, Little Alum, the shaver's friend, smartly to the rescue!

    The Perfect Gentleman Ralph Bergengren
  • And then, he exercises the shaver's prerogative and powders his face.

    The Perfect Gentleman Ralph Bergengren
  • You see, I've known him ever since I was a shaver, and I think the world of him.

    Mr. Crewe's Career, Complete Winston Churchill
  • Your complexion's too lovely; and you're only a shaver, you know.

    The Eternal Boy Owen Johnson
  • To call a man a 'shaver' is to say he is an 'extortioner,' without going into details.

    The Chainbearer J. Fenimore Cooper
  • The Hopper was regarding shaver with a grin of benevolent satisfaction.

    A Reversible Santa Claus Meredith Nicholson
  • There was some question as to whether shaver should be undressed.

    A Reversible Santa Claus Meredith Nicholson
  • Then she laughed merrily, as only the mother of shaver could laugh.

    A Reversible Santa Claus Meredith Nicholson
  • As he clumsily tried to unfasten shaver's hood, Mary pushed him aside and with shaking fingers removed the child's wraps.

    A Reversible Santa Claus Meredith Nicholson
British Dictionary definitions for shaver

shaver

/ˈʃeɪvə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that shaves
2.
Also called electric razor, electric shaver. an electrically powered implement for shaving, having reciprocating or rotating blades behind a fine metal comb or pierced foil
3.
(informal) a youngster, esp a young boy
4.
(obsolete) a person who makes hard or extortionate bargains
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Word Origin and History for shaver
n.

"one who shaves," early 15c., agent noun from shave (v.); sense of "fellow, chap" is slang from 1590s. Meaning "shaving tool" is from 1550s. Mad shaver (1610s) was 17c. slang for "a swashbuckler, roisterer."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for shaver

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little shaver

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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