Definition of scissors in English:


(also a pair of scissors)

plural noun

  • 1An instrument used for cutting cloth, paper, and other thin 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.

    • ‘Using tiny scissors, the trimmers carefully shape the buds.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, with this type of packaging a pair of scissors or a knife is necessary to forcefully remove the contents.’
    • ‘I looked in the mirror and took to my hair with the kitchen scissors.’
    • ‘Grabbing a cube of ice, a pair of scissors and her threaded needle, she returned to her patient.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With a sharp scissors, snip off a very small corner of the baggie.’
    • ‘A small suture scissors was used to " fish " for the deeply embedded hair.’
    • ‘All I had to do was sit still for a minute, while she snipped a profile with tiny scissors.’
    • ‘I needed a pair of scissors to finally cut it open.’
    • ‘Simply cut the foam to length with a pair of scissors, peel off the backing paper, and press it firmly against the doorstop.’
    • ‘This is celebrated by a playful ritual in which the baby is given a number of gifts, such as a pencil and a pair of scissors.’
    • ‘He picks up the little nail scissors and begins to snip at his beard.’
    • ‘Airport security presumably confiscated her tweezers and manicure scissors.’
    • ‘With another quick glance around, he saw that the first aid kit was open and that the pair of scissors contained within were missing.’
    • ‘He grabbed a pair of scissors from a desk drawer and cut the tape from her ankles.’
    • ‘Use small, sharp scissors or a utility knife and cutting mat.’
    • ‘To harvest, just take your kitchen scissors and cut what you need.’
    • ‘Briefly, at a signal, two opponents show each other one of their hands, shaped like a rock, a piece of paper, or a pair of scissors.’
    • ‘Tiles are easily cut with a utility knife or a pair of scissors, and will cut even easier if you first warm the tile with a blow dryer.’
    • ‘With cuticle scissors, trim unruly or longer hairs above the upper brow line.’
    1. 1.1[often as modifier]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.’


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.