un·​shav·​en ˌən-ˈshā-vən How to pronounce unshaven (audio)
variants or less commonly unshaved
: 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 Both men were unshaven and appeared to have lost weight. NBC News, 21 Dec. 2023 The suspect was described as an unshaven white man in his mid-20s wearing a gray top and prescription glasses, authorities said. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 10 Nov. 2023 This one opens with Kendall once again sitting sadly on a floor, unshaven, emotionally wrecked by the loss of the man who consumed his every waking thought. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 17 Apr. 2023 Jake starts to look pale, unshaven, half-starved. Darren Franich, EW.com, 16 Sep. 2022 His face was dirty and unshaven. David Remnic, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2021 He’s bedraggled, increasingly unshaven, growing a Rasputin-like beard. New York Times, 1 June 2021 Wentworth didn't even bother to shower before the date, arriving in a black suit with unshaven legs. Emily Strohm, Peoplemag, 10 Feb. 2023 Testing on the unshaved (control) arm was preceded by washing the unshaven arm with the same soap as the treatment, and generating a vaseline-delimited rectangle as in the treatment. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 12 Dec. 2014

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unshaven was in the 14th century

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“Unshaven.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unshaven. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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