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 shaventrim, pare, kiss, shred, skim, brush, slash, shear, prune, cut, peel, clip, strip, decorticate, crop, graze, plane, barber, skin, touch
Examples from the Web for shaven
Historical Examples of shaven
He was very fat, with a shaven, swarthy face and the dewlap of an ox.The Strolling Saint
I conceived a contempt for that shaven, scrawny skipper––I remember it well.The Cruise of the Shining Light
"The babies of frogs will become but frogs," said one shaven pate, laughing.Japanese Fairy World
William Elliot Griffis
On his shaven head he wore a small skull-cap of plaited grass.An Outcast of the Islands
A greasy growth of beard was sprouting on the shaven parts of the cheeks.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
- closely shaved or tonsured
- (in combination)clean-shaven
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).