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[twee-zerz] /ˈtwi zərz/
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb)
small pincers or nippers for plucking out hairs, extracting splinters, picking up small objects, etc.
Origin of tweezers
1645-55; plural of tweezer, equivalent to obsolete tweeze case of surgical instruments (aphetic form of earlier etweese < French étuis, plural of étui, noun derivative of Old French étuier to keep < Latin stūdiāre to care for) + -er1


[twee-zer] /ˈtwi zər/
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Examples from the Web for tweezers
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  • Jewelers' tweezers are the finest thing to be had for this work.

    Taxidermy Leon Luther Pray
  • Arrange the fur over all stitches by picking it free with tweezers.

    Taxidermy Leon Luther Pray
  • 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

    Sir Arthur Wing Pinero
  • A pair of tweezers was held close to his ear and struck with a metallic object.

    Psychoanalysis Andr Tridon
  • Ah, now I see it; I can get it out, but I must take my tweezers to it.

    Natural History Anonymous
  • The moth pulls off this hair to cover its eggs, and the tweezers are used for that purpose.

    Natural History Anonymous
  • Some of the longest hairs might also be removed with the tweezers.

British Dictionary definitions for tweezers


plural noun
a small pincer-like instrument for handling small objects, plucking out hairs, etc Also called pair of tweezers, (esp US) tweezer
Word Origin
C17: plural of tweezer (on the model of scissors, etc), from tweeze case of instruments, from French étuis cases (of instruments), from Old French estuier to preserve, from Vulgar Latin studiāre (unattested) to keep, from Latin studēre to care about
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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