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[rey-zee] /reɪˈzi/
a ship, especially a warship, reduced in height by the removal of the upper deck.
verb (used with object), razeed, razeeing.
to cut down (a wooden ship) by removing the upper deck.
Origin of razee
1785-95; < French (vaisseau) rasé razed (ship), past participle of raser to raze Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for razeed
Historical Examples
  • At last, I took their advice, and "razeed" them, as they phrased it.

    Redburn. His First Voyage Herman Melville
  • Meanwhile, the others had razeed a frigate, the Merrimac, and upon an angular roof laid railroad-iron to make her shot-proof.

    The Lincoln Story Book Henry L. Williams
  • Owing to its pyramidal shape, the reduction of the chimney inordinately widened its razeed summit.

    I and My Chimney Herman Melville
  • Frank, there, will wear his old monkey jacket, the skirts of which he razeed last winter for the very purpose.

    Warwick Woodlands Henry William Herbert (AKA Frank Forester)
  • Having thus dismantled and razeed the great ships, he proceeded to reconstruct them without and within.

    Gibraltar Henry M. Field
British Dictionary definitions for razeed


noun (pl) razees
a sailing ship that has had its upper deck or decks removed
verb (transitive) razees, razeeing, razeed
to remove the upper deck or decks of (a sailing ship)
Word Origin
C19: from French rasée shaved close, from raser to raze
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