AskDefine | Define shave

Dictionary Definition

shave n : the act of removing hair with a razor [syn: shaving]


1 remove body hair with a razor
2 cut closely; "trim my beard" [syn: trim]
3 cut the price of [syn: knock off]
4 cut or remove with or as if with a plane; "The machine shaved off fine layers from the piece of wood" [syn: plane]
5 make shavings of or reduce to shavings; "shave the radish"
6 touch the surface of lightly; "His back shaved the counter in passing" [also: shaven]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • , /ʃeɪv/, /SeIv/
  • Rhymes: -eɪv

Etymology 1

Old English scafan


  1. To make bald by using a tool such as a razor or pair of electric clippers to cut the hair close to the skin.
  2. To cut finely, as with slices of meat.
to remove hair
  • Arabic:
  • Chinese: (tì)
  • Czech: holit
  • Dutch: zich scheren (shave oneself), scheren (shave someone else)
  • Finnish: ajaa, ajella
  • French: raser
  • German: rasieren
  • Hungarian: borotvál
  • Italian: radere
  • Japanese: そる
  • Korean: 변도하다 (myeondohada)
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: تاشین
  • Latin: radere
  • Norwegian: barbere
  • Portuguese: barbear-se
  • Russian: бриться (brít’s’a)
  • Spanish: afeitar, afeitarse
  • Swedish: raka (sig/någon)
  • Turkish: tıraş olmak (shave yourself), tıraş etmek (shave someone else)
to slice thin

Etymology 2

Old English sceafa


  1. An instance of shaving.
    I instructed the barber to give me a shave.
an instance of shaving
  • Danish: barbering
  • German: Rasur
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: ته‌راش

Extensive Definition

Shave may refer fo:
  • to shave refers to the act of shaving
  • "Shave," a song by Enon from their 2003 album Hocus Pocus

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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