shav·​ing | \ ˈshā-viŋ How to pronounce shaving (audio) \

Definition of shaving

1 : the act of one that shaves
2 : something shaved off wood shavings

Examples of shaving in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Waxing and shaving could also irritate the skin and trigger an HPV, or genital wart, outbreak in a person who already has the virus. Kaitlin Sullivan, NBC News, "'Extreme' personal grooming isn't linked to increased risk of STIs," 4 Sep. 2019 When the big and the small join forces Tristan Walker built a shaving brand geared to people of color called Bevel., "Looking far and wide pays off for this nonprofit," 4 Sep. 2019 From a distance, the pavilions of the new Kennedy Center expansion look a bit like thick shavings taken from the bulk of the arts center’s old building. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "Does the Kennedy Center have a vision for its elegant but awkward new annex?," 30 Aug. 2019 Daily shaving means men’s skin is more susceptible to ingrown hair follicles and irritation from razor burn. Hana Hong, Marie Claire, "Can I Use My Boyfriend’s Moisturizer?," 30 Aug. 2019 It is recommended users avoid caffeine and shaving the day of their float. Jeremy Mikula,, "Isolation and darkness in an enclosed space isn’t a nightmare. It’s flotation therapy, and Chicago Fire forward C.J. Sapong uses it to recover.," 29 Aug. 2019 Foie gras shavings accompany the scallops and are available as an add-on to other entrees for $8. Christina Tkacik,, "At Coelum, go for the foie, skip the CBD," 27 Aug. 2019 The witness opened one of the doors, which was not shut all the way, and noticed the 4-year-old was playing with a shaving razor. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A West Allis woman left her 2- and 4-year-old kids alone in a warm car for 35 minutes, complaint says," 13 Aug. 2019 The beef carpaccio platter ($18) was hefty, thin tenderloin slices topped with a generous scattering of arugula and Parmesan shavings. Michael Mayo,, "Review: Talento, Tuscan Prime, Piazza Italia. A trio of new Italian restaurants on Las Olas Boulevard," 7 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'shaving.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of shaving

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about shaving

Statistics for shaving

Last Updated

9 Sep 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for shaving

The first known use of shaving was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for shaving



English Language Learners Definition of shaving

: a very thin piece removed from something with a sharp tool


shav·​ing | \ ˈshā-viŋ\

Kids Definition of shaving

: a thin slice or strip sliced or trimmed off with a cutting tool wood shavings

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on shaving

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with shaving

Spanish Central: Translation of shaving

Nglish: Translation of shaving for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of shaving for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about shaving

Comments on shaving

What made you want to look up shaving? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


one from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!