- the action of a person or thing that shaves
- something shaved off, esp. a thin slice of wood or metal
- A thin slice or sliver, as of wood or metal, that is shaved off.
- The act of one that shaves.
- Present participle of shave.
Variant of shave
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
to cut off hair or beard with a razor or shaver; shave oneself
- 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