scythe

[sahyth]

noun

an agricultural implement consisting of a long, curving blade fastened at an angle to a handle, for cutting grass, grain, etc., by hand.

verb (used with object), scythed, scyth·ing.

to cut or mow with a scythe.

Nearby words

  1. scyphistoma,
  2. scyphoid,
  3. scyphozoan,
  4. scyphus,
  5. scyros,
  6. scythia,
  7. scythian,
  8. scythian lamb,
  9. sd,
  10. sd.

Origin of scythe

before 900; Middle English sith, Old English sīthe, earlier sigdi; cognate with Old Norse sigthr; spelling sc by pseudoetymological association with Latin scindere to cut or with scissors

Related formsscythe·less, adjectivescythe·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for scythe

scythe

noun

a manual implement for cutting grass, etc, having a long handle held with both hands and a curved sharpened blade that moves in a plane parallel to the ground

verb

(tr) to cut (grass, etc) with a scythe
Derived Formsscythelike, adjective

Word Origin for scythe

Old English sigthe; related to Old Norse sigthr, Old High German segansa

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