a person or thing that pinches.
pinchers, (usually used with a plural verb) pincers.

Nearby words

  1. pinchbeck,
  2. pinchbottle,
  3. pinchcock,
  4. pincheck,
  5. pinched,
  6. pinchot,
  7. pinchot, gifford,
  8. pinchpenny,
  9. pinckney,
  10. pinckney's treaty

Origin of pincher

1400–50; late Middle English pynchar niggard. See pinch, -er2


or pinch·ers

[pin-serz or pin-cherz]

noun (usually used with a plural verb)

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

1300–50; Middle English pinsers, earlier pynceours, plural of *pinceour < Anglo-French pince(r) to pinch + -our -or2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pinchers


pl n

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

Word Origin for pincers

C14: from Old French pinceour, from Old French pincier to pinch

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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

Science definitions for pinchers



A jointed grasping claw of certain animals, such as lobsters and scorpions.
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