verb (used with object)

to cut or clip out with scissors.
to eliminate or eradicate from a text; expunge: testimony scissored from the record.

verb (used without object)

to move one's body or legs like the blades of scissors: a gymnast scissoring over the bar.


Origin of scissor

First recorded in 1605–15; v. use of singular of scissors
Related formsun·scis·sored, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for scissor

Contemporary Examples of scissor

Historical Examples of scissor

  • Both the scissor bird and the viuda (window) bird are aptly named.


    W. H. Koebel

  • He smiled as he noticed the scar left upon the thick leather by the scissor points; and repeated.

    The Gold Girl

    James B. Hendryx

  • Pardon, monsieur, I use the scissor; there is a little fresh growth here.

    Lady Maude's Mania

    George Manville Fenn

  • Twenty-five years ago he began to scissor and to put away those clippings which most impressed him.

    The Fiction Factory

    John Milton Edwards

  • You may be boss of the Scissor Outfit yet—stranger things have been waiting around the corner.

British Dictionary definitions for scissor



(modifier) of or relating to scissorsa scissor blade


to cut (an object) with scissors
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Word Origin and History for scissor

1610s, "to cut with scissors;" 1961 with reference to leg motions (in the wrestling sense it is attested from 1968); see scissors. Related: Scissored; scissoring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper