Origin of paring
- to cut off the outer coating, layer, or part of.
- to remove (an outer coating, layer, or part) by cutting (often followed by off or away).
- to reduce or remove by or as by cutting; diminish or decrease gradually (often followed by down): to pare down one's expenses.
Origin of pare
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Examples from the Web for paring
The 15-part show was due to begin on March 3, with Peaches paring up with her Golden Retriever, Parper.Peaches Geldof, Daughter of Rock Star Bob Geldof, Dies at 25
Nico Hines, Tom Sykes
April 7, 2014
As American president Theodore Roosevelt found, paring down language can go too far.Will Jargon Be the Death of the English Language?
March 30, 2014
How did the novel evolve away from your original idea of it, and can you say something the editorial process, the paring away.Susan Minot on Africa, Joseph Kony, and the Limits of Writing About Love
February 10, 2014
It has the shape of a chef's knife, and the fine motor control of a paring knife.The 2012 Holiday Kitchen Gift Guide
December 13, 2012
They look like the most sober and ambitious of minimal paintings, taking Barnett Newman and paring him down further.Meet the Daring Blinky Palermo
March 17, 2011
I will not surrender a Wampanoag, nor the paring of a Wampanoag's nail.King Philip
John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
He was paring his mourning fringed nails with great indifference.Garrison's Finish
W. B. M. Ferguson
And then goes on with her snipping and paring with the heartiest unconcern.Molly Bawn
Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
They are circumcision; shaving off the hair from the head and the body; the paring of the nails.The Faith of Islam
Held in this way the chisel has no equal for paring except the plane.Handwork in Wood
- (often plural) something pared or cut off
- to peel or cut (the outer layer) from (something)
- to cut the edges from (the nails); trim
- to decrease bit by bit
- Ambroise (ɑ̃brwaz). 1510–90, French surgeon. He reintroduced ligature of arteries following amputation instead of cauterization
Word Origin and History for paring
"to trim by cutting close," c.1300, from Old French parer "arrange, prepare; trim, adorn," and directly from Latin parare "make ready, furnish, provide, arrange, order," related to parere "produce, bring forth, give birth to," from PIE root *pere- "produce, procure, bring forward, bring forth," and derived words in diverse senses (cf. Lithuanian pariu "to brood," Greek poris "calf, bull," Old High German farro, German Farre "bullock," Old English fearr "bull," Sanskrit prthukah "child, calf, young of an animal," Czech spratek "brat, urchin, premature calf"). Generalized meaning "to reduce something little by little" is from 1520s. Related: Pared; paring.
- French surgeon who made numerous improvements to operating methods, including the ligature of arteries rather than cauterization.