- to remove a growth of beard with a razor.
- to remove hair from (the face, legs, etc.) by cutting it off close to the skin with a razor.
- to cut off (hair, especially the beard) close to the skin with a razor (often followed by off or away).
- to cut or scrape away the surface of with a sharp-edged tool: to shave hides in preparing leather.
- to reduce to shavings or thin slices: to shave wood.
- to cut or trim closely: to shave a lawn.
- to scrape, graze, or come very near to: The car just shaved the garage door.
- Commerce. to purchase (a note) at a rate of discount greater than is legal or customary.
- to reduce or deduct from: The store shaved the price of winter suits in the spring.
- the act, process, or an instance of shaving or being shaved.
- a thin slice; a shaving.
- any of various tools for shaving, scraping, removing thin slices, etc.
Origin of shave
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Examples from the Web for shaved
He was one of living symbols of “White Ribbon Revolution” of 2012, always in black, slim, shaved, almost a monk.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015
December 25, 2014
And when he shaved clean the perfectly coiffed hair, she was viscerally horrified.From Fashion Player to Photographer Monk
December 3, 2014
At least Jake Gyllenhaal shaved off his grotesque face scarf this year.Leo, the Beard Has to Go: When a Man’s Facial Hair Reaches Crisis Point
September 22, 2014
I was really strong, I had put on all this muscle for this movie I did and I had a shaved head.Scott Haze on Playing a Necrophiliac in ‘Child of God’ and Naked Paintballing with James Franco
August 3, 2014
France was the host, and their team was a mélange of skin tones and shaved heads the likes of which had never been seen before.Why Americans Should Love the World Cup
June 12, 2014
He crossed the ferry and went to the hotel, where he shaved and freshened himself.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
If he was shaved to-morrow, I'd engage you'd see it fast enough.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
"Say rather an ass, shaved and painted to resemble a zebra," muttered John.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
He also shaved and cut the hair of the village, a trade learned by him when he was in the army.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
The upper lip was shaved, and the eyebrows were heavy and grayish black.Cap'n Warren's Wards
Joseph C. Lincoln
- (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
- 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
Word Origin and History for shaved
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."
Idioms and Phrases with shaved
see close call (shave).