A farmer uses a scythe to cut grass.
An example of a scythe is the tool held by the grim reaper.
Origin of scythealtered (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
transitive verbscythed, scyth′ing
transitive verbscythed, scyth·ing, scythes
Origin of scytheMiddle English sithe from Old English sīthe sickle ; see sek- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present scythes, present participle scything, simple past and past participle scythed)
- To cut with a scythe; to cut off as with a scythe; to mow.
From Middle English sythe or sithe, from Old English sīðe (“sickle”). The silent c appeared in the early 15th century because it was wrongly thought that the word was linked to Latin scissor ("carver, cutter") and scindere ("to cut").