Definition of scissors-grinder in English:

scissors-grinder

(also scissor-grinder)

noun

  • 1A person who grinds scissors; especially a (typically itinerant) person who makes a living by sharpening scissors and knives.

  • 2Any of various birds and other animals that make a call or sound resembling the sound of a scissors-grinder's wheel: (in Bermuda) a cicada; (English regional) the nightjar, Caprimulgus europaeus; (Australian) the restless flycatcher, Myiagra inquieta.

Origin

Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Keyssler's Travels. In some forms from the singular of scissors + grinder.

Pronunciation

scissors-grinder

/ˈsɪzəzˌɡrʌɪndə/