- a person or thing that pinches.
- pinchers, (usually used with a plural verb) pincers.
Origin of pincher
[pin-serz or pin-cherz]
- a gripping tool consisting of two pivoted limbs forming a pair of jaws and a pair of handles (usually used with pair of).
- Zoology. a grasping organ or pair of organs resembling this, as the claw of a lobster.
Origin of pincers
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Examples from the Web for pinchers
There was the hose and screwcap, and there were his pinchers.Sign of the Green Arrow
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It looked as though an iron hand had grasped it like a pair of pinchers.Friars and Filipinos
The said pinchers are made to grip and loose the rope as required.The Truth About America
They had to be took out with a pinchers or they'd 'a' sewed his skin on to a barn door.A Man for the Ages
He made some of these by hand with the aid of pinchers and hammer.
- Also called: pair of pincers a gripping tool consisting of two hinged arms with handles at one end and, at the other, curved bevelled jaws that close on the workpiece: used esp for extracting nails
- the pair or pairs of jointed grasping appendages in lobsters and certain other arthropods
C14: from Old French pinceour, from Old French pincier to pinch
Word Origin and History for pinchers
early 14c., "tool for grasping or nipping," from Old French pinceure "pincers, tongs," from pincier "to pinch" (see pinch). Applied to animal parts from 1650s. Related: Pincer.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A jointed grasping claw of certain animals, such as lobsters and scorpions.
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