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[shey-ver] /ˈʃeɪ vər/
a person or thing that shaves.
an electric razor.
Informal. a small boy; youngster.
a fellow.
a person who makes close bargains or is extortionate.
Origin of shaver
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English; see shave, -er1; compare chip off the old block Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for shaver
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  • shaver ate his porridge without a murmur, so happy was he over his new playthings.

    A Reversible Santa Claus Meredith Nicholson
  • And then, he exercises the shaver's prerogative and powders his face.

    The Perfect Gentleman Ralph Bergengren
  • Nothing but a shaver then, working up; nothing to do in the God-forsaken hole, after work, but talk.

    Leerie Ruth Sawyer
  • After a contest of half an hour, shaver was repulsed and fell back.

    From Fort Henry to Corinth Manning Ferguson Force
  • I say, look a here, shaver, you never saw such a home as you'll find with my women folks.

    The Gold Brick Ann S. Stephens
  • Your complexion's too lovely; and you're only a shaver, you know.

    The Eternal Boy Owen Johnson
  • Other needs now occurred to shaver: he wanted his papa; he wanted his mamma; he wanted to go to his gwan'pa's.

    A Reversible Santa Claus Meredith Nicholson
  • To call a man a 'shaver' is to say he is an 'extortioner,' without going into details.

    The Chainbearer J. Fenimore Cooper
  • shaver's mother wielded the same hypnotic power, highly intensified, that he had felt in shaver.

    A Reversible Santa Claus Meredith Nicholson
  • Then she laughed merrily, as only the mother of shaver could laugh.

    A Reversible Santa Claus Meredith Nicholson
British Dictionary definitions for shaver


a person or thing that shaves
Also called electric razor, electric shaver. an electrically powered implement for shaving, having reciprocating or rotating blades behind a fine metal comb or pierced foil
(informal) a youngster, esp a young boy
(obsolete) a person who makes hard or extortionate bargains
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for shaver

"one who shaves," early 15c., agent noun from shave (v.); sense of "fellow, chap" is slang from 1590s. Meaning "shaving tool" is from 1550s. Mad shaver (1610s) was 17c. slang for "a swashbuckler, roisterer."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for shaver

shave points

v phr,v

To get a gambling or money advantage by failing to score as much as one could; fraudulently lose a game: Did they think I liked shaving the points? (1971+ Sports & gambling)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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