Origin of sickleMiddle English sikel from Old English sicol (akin to German sichel) from early West Germanic borrowing from Classical Latin secula from secare, to cut: see saw
- An implement having a crescent-shaped blade attached to a short handle, used for cutting grain or tall grass.
- The cutting mechanism of a reaper or mower.
verbsick·led, sick·ling, sick·les
- To cut with a sickle.
- To deform (a red blood cell) into an abnormal crescent shape.
Origin of sickleMiddle English sikel from Old English sicol from Vulgar Latin sicila from Latin sēcula ; see sek- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present sickles, present participle sickling, simple past and past participle sickled)
- (agriculture) To cut with a sickle
- To deform (as with a red blood cell) into an abnormal crescent shape.
- (intransitive) To assume an abnormal crescent shape. Used of red blood cells.
(comparative more sickle, superlative most sickle)
- Shaped like the blade of a sickle; crescent-shaped.
- a sickle moon
From Old English sicol.