verb (used with object), scythed, scyth·ing.
Origin of scythe
Examples from the Web for scythe
He lived in a big suburban mansion in Weybridge and he was sharp as a scythe.What It Was Like to Watch the Beatles Become the Beatles—Nik Cohn Remembers|Nik Cohn|February 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Scott lay dead in his garage, stabbed repeatedly by his own scythe.
In it the sexton kept a scythe, a mowing machine, some cans and a bier, a four-wheeled vehicle with rubber tyres.The Smuggler's Cave|George A. Birmingham
A soldier introducing a woman to another man, who holds a scythe in his hand.The Dance of Death|Francis Douce
Ivn grew angry and began to swing the scythe with all his might.
He dropped his scythe and went toward the fence, wiping his face and neck with his handkerchief.O Pioneers!|Willa Cather
The Scythe is an emblem of time, which cuts the brittle thread of life and launches us into eternity.
Word Origin for scythe
Old English siðe, sigði, from Proto-Germanic *segithoz (cf. Middle Low German segede, Middle Dutch sichte, Old High German segensa, German Sense), from PIE root *sek- "to cut" (see section (n.)). The sc- spelling crept in early 15c., from influence of Latin scissor "carver, cutter" and scindere "to cut." Cf. French scier "saw," a false spelling from sier.
1570s, "use a scythe;" 1590s "to mow;" from scythe (n.). From 1897 as "move with the sweeping motion of a scythe." Related: Scythed; scything.