shaveling

[sheyv-ling]
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noun

Older Use: Disparaging. a clergyman with a shaven or tonsured head.
a young fellow; youngster.

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  8. shavetail,
  9. shavian,
  10. shaviana

Origin of shaveling

First recorded in 1520–30; shave + -ling1

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British Dictionary definitions for shaveling

shaveling

noun archaic

derogatory a priest or clergyman with a shaven head
a young fellow; youth
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Word Origin and History for shaveling

shaveling

n.

contemptuous term for a friar, literally "shaven person," 1520s, from shave + -ling. "Very common in 16th and 17th c." [OED]. Also as an adjective (1570s).

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