[ shey-vuh n ]
/ ˈʃeɪ vən /


a past participle of shave.


closely trimmed.

Nearby words

  1. shaun,
  2. shavano peak,
  3. shave,
  4. shave biopsy,
  5. shaveling,
  6. shaver,
  7. shavetail,
  8. shavian,
  9. shaviana,
  10. shavie

Related formsun·shav·en, adjective


[ sheyv ]
/ ʃeɪv /

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.


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 forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for shaven


/ (ˈʃeɪvən) /


  1. closely shaved or tonsured
  2. (in combination)clean-shaven


/ (ʃeɪv) /

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


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 shaven
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Idioms and Phrases with shaven


see close call (shave).

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