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  1. a person or thing that shaves.
  2. an electric razor.
  3. Informal. a small boy; youngster.
  4. a fellow.
  5. a person who makes close bargains or is extortionate.
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Origin of shaver

1375–1425; late Middle English; see shave, -er1; compare chip off the old block
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Historical Examples

  • After a contest of half an hour, Shaver was repulsed and fell back.

    From Fort Henry to Corinth

    Manning Ferguson Force

  • Come, Little Alum, the shaver's friend, smartly to the rescue!

    The Perfect Gentleman

    Ralph Bergengren

  • And then, he exercises the shaver's prerogative and powders his face.

    The Perfect Gentleman

    Ralph Bergengren

  • You see, I've known him ever since I was a shaver, and I think the world of him.

  • Your complexion's too lovely; and you're only a shaver, you know.

    The Eternal Boy

    Owen Johnson

British Dictionary definitions for shaver


  1. a person or thing that shaves
  2. Also called: electric razor, electric shaver an electrically powered implement for shaving, having reciprocating or rotating blades behind a fine metal comb or pierced foil
  3. informal a youngster, esp a young boy
  4. obsolete a person who makes hard or extortionate bargains
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Word Origin and History for shaver


"one who shaves," early 15c., agent noun from shave (v.); sense of "fellow, chap" is slang from 1590s. Meaning "shaving tool" is from 1550s. Mad shaver (1610s) was 17c. slang for "a swashbuckler, roisterer."

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