nail scissors


noun (usually used with a plural verb)

small scissors with short curved blades for trimming the fingernails or toenails.

Origin of nail scissors

First recorded in 1850–55 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for nail scissors

Historical Examples of nail scissors

  • Oh, I jabbed him in the eye with a pair of nail-scissors, and he went away!

    The Girl on the Boat

    Pelham Grenville Wodehouse

  • A touch of the hairbrush was necessary, and for his hands the file of the nail-scissors.

    Mammon and Co.

    E. F. Benson

  • Beside seven broken pairs of nail-scissors was a scent-bottle with golden stopper.


    Compton Mackenzie

  • It was a particularly sacred pair of nail-scissors that almost everything blunted.

    Christopher and Columbus

    Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim

  • Lacking this, she trundled home with all speed, and began cutting out roses with swift and certain strokes of the nail-scissors.

    Miss Mapp

    Edward Frederic Benson