Webster 1913 Edition
A man shaved; hence, a monk, or other religious; – used in contempt.
I am no longer a
shavelingthan while my frock is on my back.
Sir W. Scott.
Webster 1828 Edition
shaveling (plural shavelings) (shāv'ling)
- Someone with all or part of their head shaved, notably a tonsured clergyman; often used as a derogatory comment directed at priests or monks.
- A shaver, stripling, young man physically ripe enough to shave.
- Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967