Definition of scissor in English:



  • 1[with object and adverbial] Cut (something) with scissors.

    ‘pages scissored out of a magazine’
    • ‘As a judge's daughter, she considered herself scissored from a more refined bolt of cloth than the corduroy manufactured in Haw River's one mill.’
    • ‘Actually, this is what happened to her last November when, while training, her cheek and chin were scissored by the edges of the skater behind her.’
    • ‘They would put a letter up against a window or a lamp and try to figure out some of the blotty words or guess what the part of Uncle Jake's sentence that was scissored out might be saying.’
    • ‘Blank sheets were folded, scissored and handed out.’
    • ‘The holes seemed absurdly small, so I scissored them big, then slipped the two attachments seamlessly onto the taps.’
    • ‘A series of generalized shapes - an alphabet of dress - is impressed into long bolts of cloth; individuals can then scissor them into many different versions.’
    • ‘Their faces and garments are collaged from scraps scissored from magazines.’
    • ‘The bottom of her dress, I noted, had been scissored so that the ends were choppy and uneven - probably to look more ‘rock’ and less ‘pretty’, I guessed as I returned the small smile.’
    • ‘Was there not a censor who, having scissored a hole in a soldier's letter, and realising that he had spoiled a salty story on the other side, carefully wrote in the pay-off along the margin?’
  • 2[with object] Move (one's legs) back and forth in a way resembling the action of scissors.

    ‘he was still hanging on, scissoring his legs uselessly’
    • ‘Students scissor their legs in and out up to 150 times for five minutes, exhaling on every rep.’
    • ‘Jump up and scissor your legs quickly so your legs (as well as your arms) switch places.’
    • ‘Our keep-fit sessions were such fun - we hopped on one leg, somersaulted, balanced and scissored and although you loved to show off your skills, you loved me joining in.’
    • ‘As I lunged for the present, Clay scissored his legs around my waist.’
    • ‘Before I started competing I scissored about 5 feet.’
    • ‘She bore him down and levered herself atop him, fastening to him like a leech, scissoring his legs with her own and wrapping one arm around his neck.’
    • ‘Holding this position, scissor your legs open and closed for a count of 50.’
    • ‘Keep your pelvis stable by keeping abs tight and flat as you scissor your legs; don't tilt it upward.’
    1. 2.1[no object](of a person's legs) move in a way resembling the action of scissors.
      ‘Frank could see shadowy legs scissoring under the thin skirt as she ran’
      • ‘Stand with your legs scissored widely apart in a classic lunge position.’
      • ‘Yet more of them leap up ever higher, their legs scissoring the air as they hover like so many hummingbirds in baggy T-shirts and tights, and a dozen or so pirouette dizzyingly, like human spinning tops.’
      • ‘In the first two images, she holds the unframed mirror, her legs scissoring in the shallow water of the strand, one leg doubled in the mirror, the rest of her body hidden behind the reflective panel.’
      • ‘He went under again, heading to the far side of the pool, his legs scissoring and his arms moving like underwater wings.’
      • ‘Efficient skaters lean forward at the waist, hands held behind the back, legs lazily scissoring back and forth to notch up 15-20 kilometres an hour, hour after hour.’



Early 17th century: from scissors.