- an agricultural implement consisting of a long, curving blade fastened at an angle to a handle, for cutting grass, grain, etc., by hand.
- to cut or mow with a scythe.
Origin of scythe
Examples from the Web for scything
The scything had begun, and she took off her pince-nez to watch it.Howards End
E. M. Forster
The gardener was scything the grass between the trees, whistling softly to himself.Notwithstanding
Peasants everywhere are scything weeds and burning them in smoking heaps.The Challenge of the Dead
And the love-songs of the wood-pigeons never ceased, nor the faint swish of scything.The Dark Flower
Everyone, including Mrs Dinkman, seemed convinced that scything was the solution.Greener Than You Think
- a manual implement for cutting grass, etc, having a long handle held with both hands and a curved sharpened blade that moves in a plane parallel to the ground
- (tr) to cut (grass, etc) with a scythe
Word Origin and History for scything
Old English siðe, sigði, from Proto-Germanic *segithoz (cf. Middle Low German segede, Middle Dutch sichte, Old High German segensa, German Sense), from PIE root *sek- "to cut" (see section (n.)). The sc- spelling crept in early 15c., from influence of Latin scissor "carver, cutter" and scindere "to cut." Cf. French scier "saw," a false spelling from sier.
1570s, "use a scythe;" 1590s "to mow;" from scythe (n.). From 1897 as "move with the sweeping motion of a scythe." Related: Scythed; scything.