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
Examples from the Web for shaven
The shaven one was Mr. Josephs, his companion Mr. Fairholme.An Unsocial Socialist|George Bernard Shaw
His face was even thinner and more worn than we have seen it before, but he was washed and shaven this Sunday morning.Adam Bede|George Eliot
Darting his talons into the monk's shaven crown, he sprang with him from the rock.
The tiny lawn was smooth as a shaven cheek, and a crimson rambler mounted to the nursery-window of a baby who never cried.The Touchstone|Edith Wharton
Next, a gray-frocked Belgian friar, sandaled and shaven of crown, set down on parchment the northern trend of the same river.Strange Stories of the Great River|Abbie Johnston Grosvenor
- 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).