razer, razor, raiser

The words razer, razor, raiser sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do razer, razor, raiser sound the same even though they are completely different words?

The answer is simple: razer, razor, raiser are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    A person or thing that raises.

  1. :: noun

    Someone who razes.

  1. :: noun

    A sharp-edged cutting instrument used especially for shaving the face or other body parts.

  2. :: noun

    A device for holding a razorblade, with guards to prevent cutting of the skin. Also called safety razor.

  3. :: noun

    An electric instrument with vibrating or rotating blades used for shaving.

  4. :: verb-transitive

    To shave, cut, or remove with or as with a razor: razored off the mustache; razored pages from a rare book.

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About Homophones

Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.

If they are spelled the same then they are also homographs (and homonyms); if they are spelled differently then they are also heterographs (literally "different writing").