Tweezers Definition

A small tool, consisting of two arms joined at one end, for plucking out hairs, handling little objects, etc.
Webster's New World

A small pincerlike instrument, usually made of metal, used for handling or picking up small objects (such as postage stamps), plucking out (plucking) hairs, pulling out slivers, etc.


Origin of Tweezers

  • 17th century (1645-55): plural of tweeser (on the model of nippers, pincers, pliers or scissors), from obsolete tweeze (“case for small instruments") (alternatively, alteration of plural form tweezes), aphetic form of earlier etweese (plural of etwee), from French étuis, plural of French étui (“case, box, cover") (from Old French estui (“container, prison", noun), derivative of Old French étuier (earlier spelling, Old French estuier (“to shut up, guard, keep, preserve, save, enclose, place in a cover"), probably from Vulgar Latin *estudiāre (“to keep, treat with care") or *studiāre, from Latin studÄ“re (“to care about").

    From Wiktionary

  • From obsolete tweezes pl. of tweeze a case for tweezers or other small instruments alteration of etweese from French étuis pl. of étui étui

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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