[ shey-ver ]
/ ˈʃeɪ vər /


a person or thing that shaves.
an electric razor.
Informal. a small boy; youngster.
a fellow.
a person who makes close bargains or is extortionate.

Origin of shaver

1375–1425; late Middle English; see shave, -er1; compare chip off the old block Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for shaver


/ (ˈʃeɪvə) /


a person or thing that shaves
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
informal a youngster, esp a young boy
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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper