pinking shears


noun (usually used with a plural verb)

shears that have notched blades, for cutting and simultaneously pinking fabric or for finishing garments with a notched, nonfraying edge.

Nearby words

  1. pinkeye,
  2. pinkham,
  3. pinkiang,
  4. pinkie,
  5. pinking iron,
  6. pinkish,
  7. pinko,
  8. pinkroot,
  9. pinkster,
  10. pinky

Origin of pinking shears

First recorded in 1960–65

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British Dictionary definitions for pinking shears

pinking shears

pl n

scissors with a serrated edge on one or both blades, producing a wavy edge to material cut, thus preventing fraying
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