verb (used without object), shaved, shaved or (especially in combination) shav·en, shav·ing.
verb (used with object), shaved, shaved or (especially in combination) shav·en, shav·ing.
Origin of shave
Synonyms for shave
Related Words for shavetrim, pare, kiss, shred, skim, brush, slash, shear, prune, cut, peel, clip, strip, decorticate, crop, graze, plane, barber, skin, touch
Examples from the Web for shave
Contemporary Examples of shave
The only time they asked me to do something was grow my hair so they could shave it in that one scene.‘Boyhood’ Star Ellar Coltrane: An Astonishing Debut 12 Years in the Making
July 11, 2014
There is a big difference between imagining not shaving and actually trying to not shave.
According to Fahs, the “labor intensive” assignment “gives men some insight into what women who shave go through.”
Budgets are out of control because government executives lack flexibility to shave here and there to make ends meet.Government Has Made America Inept
Philip K. Howard
May 4, 2014
Tipitina's in the warm blue fog, squatting beneath a crescent moon so sharp and clean you could shave a wild hog with it.The Stacks: The Neville Brothers Stake Their Claim as Bards of the Bayou
John Ed Bradley
April 27, 2014
Historical Examples of shave
After I got home I did not shave for two days, and scarcely ever spoke.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
Being here, I may as well have a shave, and get trimmed close.'
All right—and I'll profit by the opportunity to have a shave.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
I could see him a little better, if he'd shave himself, and get his hair cut.'
No shower, no shave, no quiet dinner, no walk; all that would have to come later.The Second Voice
verb shaves, shaving, shaved, shaved or shaven (mainly tr)
Word Origin for shave
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.
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."
see close call (shave).