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[pin-cher] /ˈpɪn tʃər/
a person or thing that pinches.
pinchers, (usually used with a plural verb) pincers.
Origin of pincher
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English pynchar niggard. See pinch, -er2


or pinchers

[pin-serz or pin-cherz] /ˈpɪn sərz or ˈpɪn tʃərz/
noun, (usually used with a plural verb)
a gripping tool consisting of two pivoted limbs forming a pair of jaws and a pair of handles (usually used with pair of).
Zoology. a grasping organ or pair of organs resembling this, as the claw of a lobster.
1300-50; Middle English pinsers, earlier pynceours, plural of *pinceour < Anglo-French pince(r) to pinch + -our -or2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for pinchers
Historical Examples
  • There was the hose and screwcap, and there were his pinchers.

    Sign of the Green Arrow

    Roy J. (Roy Judson) Snell
  • It looked as though an iron hand had grasped it like a pair of pinchers.

  • The said pinchers are made to grip and loose the rope as required.

  • They had to be took out with a pinchers or they'd 'a' sewed his skin on to a barn door.

    A Man for the Ages Irving Bacheller
  • He made some of these by hand with the aid of pinchers and hammer.

  • Then, by twisting his pinchers round and round, he would try to attach the hose to the sunken submarine.

    Sign of the Green Arrow

    Roy J. (Roy Judson) Snell
  • From seven to eight the pinchers are noticeably worn; from eight to nine the middle pairs, and by ten years the corner teeth.

  • It simply felt like being tied down by three strong men armed with pinchers.

    Behind the Beyond

    Stephen Leacock
  • pinchers with flat jaws used for straightening bands by nipping up the leather after it is in place.

  • Then with pinchers suddenly immerse in a second trough of cold water, supporting one end above the water level.

    Getting Gold J. C. F. Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for pinchers


plural noun
Also called pair of pincers. a gripping tool consisting of two hinged arms with handles at one end and, at the other, curved bevelled jaws that close on the workpiece: used esp for extracting nails
the pair or pairs of jointed grasping appendages in lobsters and certain other arthropods
Word Origin
C14: from Old French pinceour, from Old French pincier to pinch
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Word Origin and History for pinchers



early 14c., "tool for grasping or nipping," from Old French pinceure "pincers, tongs," from pincier "to pinch" (see pinch). Applied to animal parts from 1650s. Related: Pincer.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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pinchers in Science
A jointed grasping claw of certain animals, such as lobsters and scorpions.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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