[ plahy-er ]
/ ˈplaɪ ər /


pliers, (sometimes used with a singular verb) small pincers with long jaws, for bending wire, holding small objects, etc. (usually used with pair of).
a person or thing that plies.


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Also especially British, ply·er.

Origin of plier

First recorded in 1560–70; ply2 + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for pliers (1 of 2)

/ (ˈplaɪəz) /

pl n

a gripping tool consisting of two hinged arms with usually serrated jaws that close on the workpiece

Word Origin for pliers

C16: from ply 1

British Dictionary definitions for pliers (2 of 2)

/ (ˈplaɪə) /


a person who plies a trade
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