Meaning of scissors in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsɪzəz/

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plural noun

(also a pair of scissors)
  • 1An instrument used for cutting cloth, paper, and other material, consisting of two blades laid one on top of the other and fastened in the middle so as to allow them to be opened and closed by a thumb and finger inserted through rings on the end of their handles.

    ‘I needed a pair of scissors to cut it open.’
    • ‘With this type of packaging a pair of scissors or a knife is necessary to remove the contents.’
    • ‘Tiles are easily cut with a utility knife or a pair of scissors.’
    • ‘The shirt had a long slash across the abdomen where it looked like somebody had cut through it with a knife or a pair of scissors.’
    • ‘Grabbing a cube of ice, a pair of scissors and her threaded needle, she returned to her patient.’
    • ‘With another quick glance around, he saw that the first aid kit was open and that the pair of scissors contained within were missing.’
    • ‘Simply cut the foam to length with a pair of scissors, peel off the backing paper, and press it firmly against the doorstop.’
    • ‘Use small, sharp scissors or a utility knife and cutting mat.’
    • ‘To harvest, just take your kitchen scissors and cut what you need.’
    • ‘Using tiny scissors, the trimmers carefully shape the buds.’
    • ‘He picks up the little nail scissors and begins to snip at his beard.’
    • ‘With cuticle scissors, trim unruly or longer hairs above the upper brow line.’
    • ‘I looked in the mirror and took to my hair with the kitchen scissors.’
    • ‘Airport security presumably confiscated her tweezers and manicure scissors.’
    • ‘All I had to do was sit still for a minute, while she snipped a profile with tiny scissors.’
    1. 1.1as modifier Denoting an action in which two things cross each other or open and close like the blades of a pair of scissors.
      ‘as the fish swims the tail lobes open and close in a slight scissor action’
      • ‘That's where exercises like the scissor cycle come in.’
      • ‘With a burst of summoned energy, Ryo shot his legs in the air, slamming into Leigh's ankles in a scissor movement.’
      • ‘The swimmer did a scissors kick with every two arm strokes.’
    2. 1.2Rugby A tactical move in which a player running diagonally takes the ball from a teammate and changes the direction of the attack, or feints to do so.
      • ‘a dummy scissors from David Thomas deceived the opposition’


Late 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 century) was by association with the Latin stem sciss- ‘cut’.