[ twee-zerz ]

noun(used with a singular or plural verb)
  1. small pincers or nippers for plucking out hairs, extracting splinters, picking up small objects, etc.

Origin of tweezers

First recorded in 1645–55; plural of tweezer, equivalent to obsolete tweeze “case of surgical instruments” (aphetic form of earlier etweese, from French étuis, plural of étui, noun derivative of Old French étuier “to keep,” from Latin stūdiāre “to care for”) + -er1
  • Also tweez·er [twee-zer] /ˈtwi zər/ .

Words Nearby tweezers Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use tweezers in a sentence

  • Much of the content was chit-chatty girl talk about longing for manicures, pedicures, a pair of tweezers and “underwear that fit.”

    Is This a Photo of Casey Anthony? | Diane Dimond | January 18, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • "In a moment you won't see it," declared the doctor, as he adjusted the tweezers, getting a careful grip on the end of the hair.

    Frank Merriwell's Races | Burt L. Standish
  • It's all finicky work with tweezers and magnifying glasses, trying to get everything to fit in that little case.

    Little Brother | Cory Doctorow
  • Suitable tweezers may be obtained at the larger hardware stores or of watchmakers.

  • Throughout Central Africa a pair of tweezers for extracting thorns is an indispensable requisite in the equipment of every native.

    The Evolution of Culture | Augustus Henry Lane-Fox Pitt-Rivers

British Dictionary definitions for tweezers


/ (ˈtwiːzəz) /

pl n
  1. a small pincer-like instrument for handling small objects, plucking out hairs, etc: Also called: pair of tweezers, (esp US) tweezer

Origin of tweezers

C17: plural of tweezer (on the model of scissors, etc), from tweeze case of instruments, from French étuis cases (of instruments), from Old French estuier to preserve, from Vulgar Latin studiāre (unattested) to keep, from Latin studēre to care about

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