[ siz-erz ]
/ ˈsɪz ərz /


(used with a singular or plural verb) a cutting instrument for paper, cloth, etc., consisting of two blades, each having a ring-shaped handle, that are so pivoted together that their sharp edges work one against the other (often used with pair of).
(used with a singular verb) Gymnastics. any of several feats in which the legs execute a scissorlike motion.
(used with a singular verb) Wrestling. a hold secured by clasping the legs around the body or head of the opponent.

Origin of scissors

1350–1400; Middle English cisoures, sisoures < Middle French cisoires < Medieval Latin *cīsōria, plural of Late Latin cīsōrium cutting tool (see chisel); current spelling by association with Latin scindere to cut (past participle scīssus), Medieval Latin scīssor tailor

Definition for scissors (2 of 2)


[ siz-er ]
/ ˈsɪz ər /

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 forms

un·scis·sored, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for scissors (1 of 2)


/ (ˈsɪzəz) /

pl n

Also called: pair of scissors a cutting instrument used for cloth, hair, etc, having two crossed pivoted blades that cut by a shearing action, with ring-shaped handles at one end
a wrestling hold in which a wrestler wraps his legs round his opponent's body or head, locks his feet together, and squeezes
any gymnastic or athletic feat in which the legs cross and uncross in a scissor-like movement
athletics a technique in high-jumping, now little used, in which the legs perform a scissor-like movement in clearing the bar

Derived Forms

scissor-like, adjective

Word Origin for scissors

C14 sisoures, from Old French cisoires, from Vulgar Latin cīsōria (unattested), ultimately from Latin caedere to cut; see chisel

British Dictionary definitions for scissors (2 of 2)


/ (ˈsɪzə) /


(modifier) of or relating to scissorsa scissor blade


to cut (an object) with scissors
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