shave

[sheyv]

verb (used without object), shaved, shaved or (especially in combination) shav·en, shav·ing.

to remove a growth of beard with a razor.

verb (used with object), shaved, shaved or (especially in combination) shav·en, shav·ing.

noun


Origin of shave

before 900; (v.) Middle English schaven, schafen, Old English sc(e)afan; cognate with Dutch schaven to plane (a plank), abrade (the skin), Low German schaven, German schaben, Old Norse skafa to scrape, Gothic skaban to shear, shave; (noun) Middle English schave tool for shaving, Old English sc(e)afa, derivative of the v.
Related formsshav·a·ble, shave·a·ble, adjectivere·shave, verb re·shaved, re·shav·ing.un·shav·a·ble, adjectiveun·shave·a·ble, adjectiveun·shaved, adjectivewell-shaved, adjective

Synonyms for shave

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Examples from the Web for shave

Contemporary Examples of shave

Historical Examples of shave

  • Beyond a shave and a hair-cut, Forrest and I fought shy of public places.

    The Outlet

    Andy Adams

  • On Friday evening he came home hurriedly, staying just long enough to shave and change his collar.

    Shandygaff

    Christopher Morley

  • You came twice to my bedroom to hurry me down, and I dared not stop to shave.

    Cats

    W. Gordon Stables

  • Men look into a mirror, and see only whiskers they forgot to shave the day before.

  • Perhaps the best way will be to shave lightly over the face the second time, in the same direction as at first.



British Dictionary definitions for shave

shave

verb shaves, shaving, shaved, shaved or shaven (mainly tr)

(also intr) to remove (the beard, hair, etc) from (the face, head, or body) by scraping the skin with a razor
to cut or trim very closely
to reduce to shavings
to remove thin slices from (wood, etc) with a sharp cutting tool; plane or pare
to touch or graze in passing
informal to reduce (a price) by a slight amount
US commerce to purchase (a commercial paper) at a greater rate of discount than is customary or legal

noun

the act or an instance of shaving
any tool for scraping
a thin slice or shaving
an instance of barely touching something
close shave informal a narrow escape
Derived Formsshavable or shaveable, adjective

Word Origin for shave

Old English sceafan; related to Old Norse skafa, Gothic skaban to shave, Latin scabere to scrape
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Word Origin and History for shave
v.

Old English sceafan (strong verb, past tense scof, past participle scafen), "to scrape, shave, polish," from Proto-Germanic *skaban (cf. Old Norse skafa, Middle Dutch scaven, German schaben, Gothic skaban "scratch, shave, scrape"), from PIE *skabh-, collateral form of root *(s)kep- "to cut, to scrape, to hack" (see scabies). Related: Shaved; shaving. Original strong verb status is preserved in past tense form shaven. Specifically in reference to cutting the hair close from mid-13c. Figurative sense of "to strip (someone) of money or possessions" is attested from late 14c.

n.

c.1600, "something shaved off;" from shave (v.); Old English sceafa meant "tool for shaving." Meaning "operation of shaving" is from 1838. Meaning "a grazing touch" is recorded from 1834. Phrase a close shave is from 1856, on notion of "a slight, grazing touch."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with shave

shave

see close call (shave).

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