Origin of tweeze

First recorded in 1940–45; back formation from tweezers Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for tweeze


  1. mainly US to take hold of or pluck (hair, small objects, etc) with or as if with tweezers

Word Origin for tweeze

C17: back formation from tweezers
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Word Origin and History for tweeze

"to pluck with tweezers," 1932, back-formation from tweezers. Related: Tweezed; tweezing.

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