un·​shav·​en | \ ˌən-ˈshā-vən How to pronounce unshaven (audio) \
variants: or less commonly unshaved \ ˌən-​ˈshāvd How to pronounce unshaven (audio) \

Definition of unshaven

: not shaven … rubbing her cheek against the grain of his unshaven chin …— Frank Norris an unshaven man

Examples of unshaven in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The driver appeared to be the van’s only occupant, and was described as a white, unshaven man between 20 and 30 years old with medium length, messy brown hair. Suzanne Baker, chicagotribune.com, "Naperville police add extra patrols in Washington Street area after report of man attempting to lure child into van," 12 Mar. 2021 Meantime, her increasingly unshaven brothers have also increasingly positioned themselves as the avatars of the hunter-gatherer set. New York Times, "A Farewell to the Trump Aesthetic," 16 Jan. 2021 Two years later, the Boston Red Sox — known for their unshaven appearance — stamped a beard on the inside of their rings. Los Angeles Times, "Beneath the bling: Lakers championship rings feature many special surprises," 15 Jan. 2021 The term conjures up images from the late 19th to the early 20th centuries of unshaven men dressed in tattered and patched clothing, riding the rails in or under railroad boxcars, and eating beans out of a can over an open fire. Helaine Fendelman And Joe Rosson, Star Tribune, "Tramp art recycled bits of boxes and crates," 13 Oct. 2020 The man was described as White, 6 feet tall, thin, unshaven, with short, dark-colored hair and a gray patch near his right temple, a tribal tattoo around his right arm, and other tattoos on his left arm. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Police ask public to help identify man who they say kept woman from leaving locker room bathroom," 7 Oct. 2020 For 30 years, Sikh members of the military were not allowed to practice core tenets of their face, including unshaven hair and turbans. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Woman becomes first observant Sikh to graduate from the US Military Academy at West Point," 13 June 2020 Nearly two months after stepping away from the presidential campaign, the tie-less, unshaven Buttigieg called in on video with his top button undone and Chasten at his side. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Barbra Streisand, Pete Buttigieg, Adam Lambert voice support for GLAAD's 'Together In Pride'," 27 Apr. 2020 Sporting an unshaven beard and medical scrubs, Sen. Rand Paul is joining the effort to combat the coronavirus by volunteering at a hospital in his home state. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "'Together we will overcome!': Coronavirus-free Rand Paul volunteers at hospital after testing negative," 7 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of unshaven

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unshaven.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unshaven. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unshaven

: not shaved or not recently shaved

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