razor

[ rey-zer ]
/ ˈreɪ zər /

noun

a sharp-edged instrument used especially for shaving the face or trimming the hair.
an electrically powered instrument used for the same purpose.

verb (used with object)

to shave, cut, or remove with or as if with a razor.

Idioms

    on the razor's edge, in a difficult or precarious position.

Origin of razor

1250–1300; Middle English rasour < Old French rasor, equivalent to ras(er) to raze + -or -or2

Related forms

ra·zor·less, adjectiveun·ra·zored, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for razor

razor

/ (ˈreɪzə) /

noun

a sharp implement used esp by men for shaving the face
on a razor's edge or on a razor-edge in an acute dilemma

verb

(tr) to cut or shave with a razor

Word Origin for razor

C13: from Old French raseor, from raser to shave; see raze
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Idioms and Phrases with razor

razor

see sharp as a tack (razor).


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