Definition of scissors noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈsɪzəz//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪzərz//
[plural] Styling hair, Hair products and accessories
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a tool for cutting paper or cloth, that has two sharp blades with handles, joined together in the middle a pair of scissors see also nail scissors More Like This Silent letters gnarled, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome haute cuisine, heir, (NAmE herb), honour, hors d’oeuvre, hour knack, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knot, know, knuckle psalm, psephology, psychic, ptarmigan, pterodactyl, psychology wrangle, wrap, wreath, wreck, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wring, write, wrong bomb, climb, crumb, doubt, lamb, limb ascent, fascinate, muscle, scene, scissors height, right, sleigh, weight align, campaign, design, foreign, malign, reign, unfeigned balmy, calm, calf, half, yolk autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn bristle, fasten, listen, mortgage, soften, thistle, wrestle biscuit, build, circuit, disguise, guilty, league, rogue, vague yacht answer, sword, twoSee worksheet. See related entries: Styling hair, Hair products and accessories Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French cisoires, from late Latin cisoria, plural of cisorium ‘cutting instrument’, from cis-, variant of caes-, stem of caedere ‘to cut’. The spelling with sc- (16th cent.) was by association with the Latin stem sciss- ‘cut’.Extra examples Don’t use these scissors to cut paper or card. These scissors don’t cut very well. a pair of nail scissors
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