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

Definition of unshaven

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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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 The singer has been publicly seen sporting a mustache, a slightly more refined version of the unshaven look Justin’s occasionally worn for the last few years. Braden Bjella, Teen Vogue, "Well, Justin Bieber Has a Mustache and a New Neck Tattoo," 31 Jan. 2020 Personally, the New Normal has taken a certain shine to sweat pants and unshaven legs and can go a bit longer. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, ExpressNews.com, "The New Normal: COVID-19 has turned us all into shut-ins (bless the pizza-making kits)," 24 Mar. 2020 Each time, the unshaven suspect passed a note to a bank employee and did not display a weapon, according to authorities. oregonlive, "Portland bank robber wearing beanie, flannel shirt strikes 3 times in 40 minutes, cops say," 15 Feb. 2020 Whaler — an unbroken unshaven area from temple to chin to temple. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Hey beard lovers! Here's what you need to know about Louisville's whisker battle royale," 13 Jan. 2020 Body hair has been embraced by celebrities who speak proudly of their unshaven underarms and influencers who post unapologetically about their visible leg hair. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Why women are growing out their body hair and what razor companies are doing about it," 7 Sep. 2019

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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 21 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unshaven

: not shaved or not recently shaved

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