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.
Shave a meadow.
To shave the edge of a door.
I had little time to shave this morning.
I instructed the barber to give me a shave.
Origin of shave
- Middle English shaven to scrape from Old English sceafan
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English shaven, schaven, from Old English scafan (“to shave, scrape, shred, polish"), from Proto-Germanic *skabanÄ… (“to scratch"), from Proto-Indo-European *skÃ€bÊ°-, *skabÊ°- (“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.
- Old English sceafa