- Shave is defined as to cut thin slices, remove hair from the surface of the skin, or cut very short.
- An example of shave is grating chocolate over a cream pie.
- An example of shave is using a razor to remove the hair on your legs.
- An example of shave is using hair clippers to cut the hair on the back of your neck very short.
A woman shaves her legs.
transitive verbshaved, shaved or shaven, shaving
- to cut or scrape away a thin slice or slices from: to shave the edge of a door
- to cut or scrape into thin sections or slices: shaved ham
- to cut off (hair, esp. the beard) at the surface of the skin: often with off or away
- to cut the hair to the surface of: to shave the chin, the legs, etc.
- to cut the beard of (a person)
- to barely touch or just miss touching in passing; graze
- to cut short or trim (grass, etc.) closely
- ☆ to discount (a note, bill, etc.) by more than the legal or customary rate
- ☆ Informal to lower (a price, rate, etc.) by a slight margin
Origin of shaveMiddle English schaven ; from Old English sceafan, akin to German schaben ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)kab-, to cut from source Classical Latin scabere, to shave
- a tool used for cutting thin slices, as of wood, from a surface
- something shaved or sliced off; shaving
- the act or an instance of shaving the beard
verbshaved shaved, shaved shaved or shav·en , shav·ing, shaves
- a. To remove the beard or other body hair from, with a razor or shaver: The barber lathered his face and then shaved him.b. To cut (the beard, for example) at the surface of the skin with a razor or shaver.
- To crop, trim, or mow closely: shave a meadow.
- a. To remove thin slices from: shave a board.b. To cut or scrape into thin slices; shred: shave chocolate.
- To come close to or graze in passing. See Synonyms at brush1.
- a. To reduce by a small amount: shaved two months from the schedule.b. To cut (a price) by a slight margin.c. To purchase (a note) at a reduction greater than the legal or customary rate.d. To limit the number of (points) scored by one's own team in an athletic contest by point-shaving.
- The act, process, or result of shaving.
- A thin slice or scraping; a shaving.
- Any of various tools used for shaving.
Origin of shaveMiddle English shaven, to scrape, from Old English sceafan.
(third-person singular simple present shaves, present participle shaving, simple past shaved or shove (obsolete), past participle shaved or shaven)
- To make bald by using a tool such as a razor or pair of electric clippers to cut the hair close to the skin.
- To cut anything in this fashion.
- (intransitive) To remove hair from one's face by this means.
- I had little time to shave this morning.
- To cut finely, as with slices of meat.
- To skim along or near the surface of; to pass close to, or touch lightly, in passing.
- (archaic) To be hard and severe in a bargain with; to practice extortion on; to cheat.
- (US, slang, dated) To buy (a note) at a discount greater than the legal rate of interest, or to deduct in discounting it more than the legal rate allows.
From Middle English shaven, schaven, from Old English scafan (“to shave, scrape, shred, polish”), from Proto-Germanic *skabaną (“to scratch”), from Proto-Indo-European *skÀbʰ-, *skabʰ- (“to cut, split, form, carve”). Cognate with West Frisian skave, Dutch schaven (“to shave, plane”), German schaben (“to scrape, shave”), Danish skave, Swedish skava (“to scrape, chafe”), Icelandic skafa.
- An instance of shaving.
- I instructed the barber to give me a shave.
- A thin slice; a shaving.
- (US, slang, dated) An exorbitant discount on a note.
- (US, slang, dated) A premium paid for an extension of the time of delivery or payment, or for the right to vary a stock contract in any particular.
- A hand tool consisting of a sharp blade with a handle at each end; a spokeshave.
Old English sceafa