shaver

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Etymology[edit]

shave + -er

In its meaning of a young man, recorded since 1592, the word shaver has also been postulated to derive from the Romany chhavo 'young man', which also gives us the modern slang chav, ultimately derived from the Sanskrit chhaapaa 'infant' (human or animal)

Noun[edit]

shaver (plural shavers)

  1. One who shaves.
  2. A barber, one whose occupation is to shave.
  3. A tool or machine for shaving; an electric razor.
  4. (slang, obsolete) One who is close in bargains; a sharper.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Jonathan Swift to this entry?)
  5. One who fleeces; a pillager; a plunderer.
    • Knolles
      By these shavers the Turks were stripped.
  6. (colloquial) A boy; a lad; a little fellow.
    • Charles Dickens
      As I have mentioned at the door to this young shaver, I am on a chase in the name of the king.

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References[edit]

  • shaver” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967

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