[ sheyv ]
/ ʃeɪv /
verb (used without object), shaved, shaved or (especially in combination) shav·en, shav·ing.
to remove a growth of beard with a razor.
verb (used with object), shaved, shaved or (especially in combination) shav·en, shav·ing.
to remove hair from (the face, legs, etc.) by cutting it off close to the skin with a razor.
to cut off (hair, especially the beard) close to the skin with a razor (often followed by off or away).
to cut or scrape away the surface of with a sharp-edged tool: to shave hides in preparing leather.
to reduce to shavings or thin slices: to shave wood.
to cut or trim closely: to shave a lawn.
to scrape, graze, or come very near to: The car just shaved the garage door.
Commerce. to purchase (a note) at a rate of discount greater than is legal or customary.
to reduce or deduct from: The store shaved the price of winter suits in the spring.
the act, process, or an instance of shaving or being shaved.
a thin slice; a shaving.
any of various tools for shaving, scraping, removing thin slices, etc.
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Origin of shave
before 900; (v.) Middle English schaven, schafen, Old English sc(e)afan; cognate with Dutch schaven to plane (a plank), abrade (the skin), Low German schaven, German schaben, Old Norse skafa to scrape, Gothic skaban to shear, shave; (noun) Middle English schave tool for shaving, Old English sc(e)afa, derivative of the v.
shav·a·ble, shave·a·ble, adjectivere·shave, verb re·shaved, re·shav·ing.un·shav·a·ble, adjectiveun·shave·a·ble, adjective
un·shaved, adjectivewell-shaved, adjective
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Examples from the Web for well-shaved
As I tore the mat of wool from his head, the Minion's well-shaved poll stood out red and shining.Latitude 19 degree|Mrs. Schuyler Crowninshield
British Dictionary definitions for well-shaved
/ (ʃeɪv) /
verb shaves, shaving, shaved, shaved or shaven (mainly tr)
(also intr) to remove (the beard, hair, etc) from (the face, head, or body) by scraping the skin with a razor
to cut or trim very closely
to reduce to shavings
to remove thin slices from (wood, etc) with a sharp cutting tool; plane or pare
to touch or graze in passing
informal to reduce (a price) by a slight amount
US commerce to purchase (a commercial paper) at a greater rate of discount than is customary or legal
the act or an instance of shaving
any tool for scraping
a thin slice or shaving
an instance of barely touching something
close shave informal a narrow escape
Derived Formsshavable or shaveable, adjective
Word Origin for shave
Old English sceafan; related to Old Norse skafa, Gothic skaban to shave, Latin scabere to scrape
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Idioms and Phrases with well-shaved
see close call (shave).
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