Definition of nail-paring in English:

nail-paring

noun

  • 1A shaving cut from a fingernail or toenail; = nail-cutting.

  • 2The action or an act of cutting or cleaning the fingernails or toenails.

adjective

  • Concerned with small things; scrupulous, precise.

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in Philemon Holland (1552–1637), translator. From nail + paring.

Pronunciation

nail-paring

/ˈneɪlˌpɛːrɪŋ/