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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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Related Words for shaver

lad, fellow, youth, youngster, child, guy, boy, juvenile, teenager, student, girl, pupil, kid, blade, knife, shaver, infant, toddler, adolescent, baby

Examples from the Web for shaver

Historical Examples of shaver

  • 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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