- an agricultural implement consisting of a long, curving blade fastened at an angle to a handle, for cutting grass, grain, etc., by hand.
- to cut or mow with a scythe.
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
February 9, 2014
Scott lay dead in his garage, stabbed repeatedly by his own scythe.Murder at the Family Farm
September 2, 2010
Only one thing could surpass him: the scythe of death which blindly mows the world.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
There is another ahead of him there, with the head of a scythe inside his smock.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
The American pioneers had only a sickle or a scythe with which to cut their grain.The Age of Invention
Close by them a man was preparing to scythe out one of the dell-holes.Howards End
E. M. Forster
If the ould Governor's got a tongue like a file, Philip's got a tongue like a scythe—he'll mow them down.The Manxman
- 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
- (tr) to cut (grass, etc) with a scythe
Word Origin and History 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.