- The definition of a scythe is a tool on a handle with a long, sharp, curved metal piece used for cutting grains.
An example of a scythe is the tool held by the grim reaper.
A farmer uses a scythe to cut grass.
scythe definition by Webster's New World
Origin: altered (infl. by Classical Latin scindere, to cut) ; from Middle English sithe ; from Old English sithe, sigthe, scythe, akin to Low German seged ; from Indo-European base an unverified form sek-, to cut from source saw, Classical Latin secare, to cut
scythe definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Middle English sithe, from Old English sīthe, sickle; see sek- in Indo-European roots.