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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In another high-profile unshaven armpit moment, Amandla Sternberg walked the red carpet at the BFI Film Festival last October, wearing a stunning Valentino gown that showed off their underarm hair. Natasha Reda, Allure, "Halsey Showed Off Her Unshaven Underarms on the Cover of Rolling Stone," 23 June 2019 Koepka arrived at his press conference unshaven, relaxed, and with a few quips. Michael Rosenberg, SI.com, "Brooks Koepka Enters British Open as Something New: A Fan Favorite," 16 July 2019 The suspect was unshaven and had short, curly, brown hair, according to the Oregon State Police. oregonlive.com, "Man tries to abduct teen girl from Milo McIver State Park, authorities say," 3 July 2019 Now, she's taken her advocacy for skipping shave day one step further by showing off unshaven armpits on the latest cover of Rolling Stone. Natasha Reda, Allure, "Halsey Showed Off Her Unshaven Underarms on the Cover of Rolling Stone," 23 June 2019 How beards in America explain Captain America’s beard Marvel There’s so much more to beards than just hair growing from unshaven skin. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "The enduring legacy and fantasy of Captain America’s beard, explained," 18 June 2019 Completing the squad was an older guy, Shiro, twenty-eight or twenty-nine, skinny, tall, and unshaven with long thinning hair, who carried the BKC, a 7.62-caliber machine gun. Azad Cudi, Harper's magazine, "Long Shot," 10 Jan. 2019 Many Instagram followers have shared their appreciation for Amandla's decision to go unshaven. Jennifer Lance, Teen Vogue, "Amandla Stenberg Showed Armpit Hair During the Red Carpet Premiere of “The Hate U Give”," 22 Oct. 2018 The style of the gown, which featured spaghetti straps, layered pieces of fabric, and a cut that hit high above her knees, put her unshaven legs and armpits on full display. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Lourdes Leon Showed Off Leg and Armpit Hair at the 2018 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Anniversary Event," 7 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of unshaven

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unshaven

: not shaved or not recently shaved

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