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 Bussi is unshaven and slovenly, living in a pigsty apartment and driving a Pontiac. Jay Weissberg, Variety, 17 Aug. 2021 A few weeks later, an intelligent-looking, unshaven man in his late sixties wearing a bright-red T-shirt sat before me on my computer screen. Will Stephenson, Harper's Magazine, 20 July 2021 Anthony, the global music star ex of Jennifer Lopez, is nearly unrecognizable, looking worn, unshaven and unkempt while swilling beer in the morning. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 13 June 2021 The two American Idol judges were on set filming the Mother's Day episode of the singing competition series on Sunday (May 9) when Bryan jokingly criticized her about her unshaven legs, regardless of her busy schedule as a mother. Heran Mamo, Billboard, 10 May 2021 In a blender, combine all of the asparagus trim, including the reserved asparagus ends and unshaven pieces, the buttermilk, chives, parsley, garlic, onion powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and a few cracks of pepper and blend on high. Beth Segal, cleveland, 30 Apr. 2021 The collar of his sweatshirt hung limp below his unshaven neck. Vincent Granata, Rolling Stone, 23 Apr. 2021 So the unshaven guy musing cryptically in those Lincoln commercials may not be the worst option for Texans weary of GOP rule. Steve Chapman, chicagotribune.com, 21 Apr. 2021 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, 12 Mar. 2021

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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 23 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unshaven

: not shaved or not recently shaved

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