Monday, January 23, 2017

Word of the day: shaver

The word of the day is shaver:

1. a person or thing that shaves.
2. an electric razor.
3. Informal. a small boy; youngster.
4. a fellow.
5. a person who makes close bargains or is extortionate.

1375-1425; late Middle English; see shave, -er1; compare chip off the old block


"'Excuse me, ladies and gentleman,' said the sergeant, 'but as I have mentioned at the door to this smart young shaver,' (which he hadn't), 'I am on a chase in the name of the king, and I want the blacksmith.'"

 - Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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