a ship, especially a warship, reduced in height by the removal of the upper deck.

verb (used with object), ra·zeed, ra·zee·ing.

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
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Examples from the Web for razeed

Historical Examples of razeed

  • At last, I took their advice, and "razeed" them, as they phrased it.

  • 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.


    Henry M. Field

British Dictionary definitions for razeed


noun plural razees

a sailing ship that has had its upper deck or decks removed

verb razees, razeeing or razeed (tr)

to remove the upper deck or decks of (a sailing ship)

Word Origin for razee

C19: from French rasée shaved close, from raser to raze
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