- small pincers or nippers for plucking out hairs, extracting splinters, picking up small objects, etc.
Origin of tweezers
Examples from the Web for tweezers
Much of the content was chit-chatty girl talk about longing for manicures, pedicures, a pair of tweezers and “underwear that fit.”Is This a Photo of Casey Anthony?
January 18, 2012
Jewelers' tweezers are the finest thing to be had for this work.
Arrange the fur over all stitches by picking it free with tweezers.
Now, Dean, I must come to you for another of your surgical instruments—the tweezers.Dead Man's Land
George Manville Fenn
Bobby procured his tweezers and began to set up his own name.The Adventures of Bobby Orde
Stewart Edward White
The poor fellow has a thorn in his pad; I am going upstairs for my tweezers.The Second Mrs. Tanqueray</p>
Sir Arthur Wing Pinero
- a small pincer-like instrument for handling small objects, plucking out hairs, etcAlso called: pair of tweezers, (esp US) tweezer
Word Origin and History for tweezers
1650s, extended from tweezes, plural of tweeze "case for tweezers" (1620s), a shortening of etweese, considered as plural of etwee (1610s) "a small case," from French étui "small case" (see etui). Sense transferred from the case to the implement inside it.