- 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 (â€œto shave, scrape, shred, polishâ€), from Proto-Germanic *skabanÄ… (â€œto scratchâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *skÃ€bÊ°-, *skabÊ°- (â€œto cut, split, form, carveâ€). Cognate with West Frisian skave, Dutch schaven (â€œto shave, planeâ€), German schaben (â€œto scrape, shaveâ€), Danish skave, Swedish skava (â€œto scrape, chafeâ€), 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