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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web An unshaven Màrcio Silva de Melo, 41, had been accused of hacking down 20 acres of forest. Terrence Mccoy, Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2022 That doesn’t count unshaven MAGA theorist Steve Bannon, who has convicted of contempt for resisting a subpoena, plus Trump’s spineless last chief of staff, Mark Meadows, who is facing his own contempt case. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 13 Oct. 2022 Ménochet — like Fassbinder, beefy and unshaven — chews the scenery (along with the soapy script), without entirely digesting either of them. Michael O'sullivan, Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2022 His full beard is less a statement than the sign of an unshaven hiker. Outside Online, 6 July 2022 The big brooding soldier is unshaven, his fatigues filthy from combat, except for a field hat that is clearly brand new. Mac William Bishop, Rolling Stone, 12 June 2022 On April 29, Nikita sent a selfie of his gaunt, unshaven face after weeks surviving on minimal rations. Matthew Luxmoore, WSJ, 17 May 2022 Zelensky has become the unshaven face of a Ukrainian resilience and defiance that has captivated the world. Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2022 His neighbor was the first to identify him, recognizing the unshaven face of a man who had watched his beloved street become a killing field. Anchorage Daily News, 16 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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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 2 Dec. 2022.

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