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- n. Someone with all or part of their head shaved, notably a tonsured clergyman; often used as a derogatory comment directed at priests or monks.
- n. A shaver, stripling, young man physically ripe enough to shave.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A man shaved; hence, a monk, or other religious; -- used in contempt.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A shaven person; hence, a friar or religious: an opprobrious term. Compare beardling.
And by their slaughter rid the earth of every shaveling wight.
“Our chaplain attempted to teach me to write,” he said, “but all my letters were formed like spear-heads and sword-blades, and so the old shaveling gave up the task.”
Art thou speaking ill of women, cried Panurge, thou mangy scoundrel, thou sorry, noddy-peaked shaveling monk?
Gargantua, being come, considered the countenance of the monk, and in what posture he hanged; wherefore he said to Eudemon, You were mistaken in comparing him to Absalom; for Absalom hung by his hair, but this shaveling monk hangeth by the ears.
The coble, so called because it was clinker-built in the manner of a Scotch fishing dinghy, very flat-bottomed, glided across the reef without grazing itself and stroked the mere 150 yards across the lagoon to the straight beach, where some of the surviving members of the community stood waiting: six women, one—the oldest—big with child, and five men whose ages, if their faces reflected their years, varied between shaveling young and grizzled old.
Obviously well under twenty years of age, the shaveling advocate was of average height and stocky physique, black-haired and swarthy of complexion: not an advocate who would transfix by sheer physical presence, though his face was pleasant enough.
"Hold there, shaveling!" quoth Sir Pertinax, scowling.
And they have not made a shaveling of you, after all.
To the same class of formation belong Scottish names in Mal -, e.g. Malcolm, and Irish names in Mul -, e.g. Mulholland, in which the first element means tonsured servant, shaveling, and the second is the name of a saint.
Thy father, shaveling, with all his faults, had a man's heart; and there were few who could look him in the eyes on the day of his anger.