Origin of tweezersextended from obsolete tweeze, surgical set, aphetic for French étuis, plural of étui: see etui
plural nounused with a sing. or pl. verb
Origin of tweezersFrom obsolete tweezes pl. of tweeze a case for tweezers or other small instruments alteration of etweese from French étuis pl. of étui ; see étui .
left: cross-locking jeweler's tweezers
right: slanted-tip eyebrow 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 Ã©tuis, plural of French Ã©tui (“case, box, cover") (from Old French estui (“container, prison", noun), derivative of Old French Ã©tuier (earlier spelling, Old French estuier (“to shut up, guard, keep, preserve, save, enclose, place in a cover"), probably from Vulgar Latin *estudiÄre (“to keep, treat with care") or *studiÄre, from Latin studÄ“re (“to care about").