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  1. a sharp-edged instrument used especially for shaving the face or trimming the hair.
  2. an electrically powered instrument used for the same purpose.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to shave, cut, or remove with or as if with a razor.
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  1. on the razor's edge, in a difficult or precarious position.
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Origin of razor

1250–1300; Middle English rasour < Old French rasor, equivalent to ras(er) to raze + -or -or2
Related formsra·zor·less, adjectiveun·ra·zored, adjective
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Historical Examples of razored

  • Soon, the victim emerged from the rear, and another chase began; but the razored Negro was then far to the rear.

    The Forged Note

    Oscar Micheaux

British Dictionary definitions for razored


  1. a sharp implement used esp by men for shaving the face
  2. on a razor's edge or on a razor-edge in an acute dilemma
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  1. (tr) to cut or shave with a razor
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Word Origin for razor

C13: from Old French raseor, from raser to shave; see raze
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Word Origin and History for razored



late 13c., from Old French raseor "a razor" (12c.), from raser "to scrape, shave" (see rase). Razor clam (1835, American English) so called because its shell resembles an old folding straight-razor. Razor-edge figurative of sharpness or a fine surface from 1680s.

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Idioms and Phrases with razored


see sharp as a tack (razor).

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