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.
- (transitive) To make bald by using a tool such as a razor or pair of electric clippers to cut the hair close to the skin.
- (intransitive) To do the same to one's face.
- I had little time to shave this morning.
- (transitive) To cut finely, as with slices of meat.
- to make a passage at a close distance
- (archaic) To be hard and severe in a bargain; to practice extortion; to cheat.
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Old English sceafa
shave (plural shaves)
- An instance of shaving.
- I instructed the barber to give me a shave.
- A thin slice; a shaving.
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- (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.
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- A hand tool consisting of a sharp blade with a handle at each end; a spokeshave.