Origin of shaving
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
Synonyms for shave
Related Words for shavingtrim, pare, kiss, shred, skim, brush, slash, shear, prune, cut, peel, clip, strip, decorticate, crop, graze, plane, barber, skin, touch
Examples from the Web for shaving
Contemporary Examples of shaving
Shaving your head is passe and even tattoos are fading as a personalized cultural statement.This One Picture of Telly Savalas Refutes All Fears That Progress Has Ended
October 30, 2014
But shaving quickly became a hassle; the tedious measure of the day at work ahead.
We need to take a razor and make a boundary in the shaving foam, people.
Shaving: the most boring, tedious thing a man must do in his little retinue of personal upkeep chores.
There is a big difference between imagining not shaving and actually trying to not shave.Meet the Professor of Hairy Studies
July 9, 2014
Historical Examples of shaving
"It came white after my shaving by a sainted barber in the Holy House," said Castell.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
Either I shall go free, or I shall go to be made ready for shaving.Little Dorrit
I was shaving during this monologue of Mammy's, with my back to her.Southern Lights and Shadows
As he was shaving that morning, he had faltered in his resolution.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
"It was rather silly of you to hesitate," replied Pierre, who was shaving.The Fortune of the Rougons
verb shaves, shaving, shaved, shaved or shaven (mainly tr)
Word Origin for shave
"act of removing hair with a razor," also "thin slice taken off," late 14c., verbal noun from shave (v.).
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).