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[pair-ing] /ˈpɛər ɪŋ/
the act of a person or thing that pares.
a piece or part pared off:
apple parings.
Origin of paring
1350-1400; Middle English (gerund); see pare, -ing1


[pair] /pɛər/
verb (used with object), pared, paring.
to cut off the outer coating, layer, or part of.
to remove (an outer coating, layer, or part) by cutting (often followed by off or away).
to reduce or remove by or as by cutting; diminish or decrease gradually (often followed by down):
to pare down one's expenses.
1275-1325; Middle English paren < Middle French parer to make ready, trim < Latin parāre to prepare
Related forms
pareable, adjective
unpared, adjective
Can be confused
pair, pare, payer, pear.
1. See peel1 . 3. clip, shave, lessen.
3. increase. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for paring
  • When this is done, core before paring, that fruit may keep in shape.
  • Use a paring knife to cut out the stem at the top of each tomato.
  • She cut off the large leaves and cleaned the stringy stalks with a paring knife.
  • To prepare the geoduck for cooking, start by inserting a paring knife between the shell and the body at the base of the neck.
  • Each one has to be scored with a sharp paring knife, roasted until the skin loosens and then painstakingly peeled.
  • Using a vegetable peeler or paring knife, peel pumpkin or squash.
  • As your inner eye imagines the paring knife scraping away skin that seems almost human, its sound scratches at your eardrum.
  • Previously its management's efforts had been concentrated mainly on paring costs and improving margins.
  • By paring things back to match capabilities to requirements, a smaller, cheaper fuel cell becomes possible.
  • The mayor's office wants to preserve as much of both as possible, and that means paring costs to the bone.
British Dictionary definitions for paring


(often pl) something pared or cut off


verb (transitive)
to peel or cut (the outer layer) from (something)
to cut the edges from (the nails); trim
to decrease bit by bit
Derived Forms
parer, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French parer to adorn, from Latin parāre to make ready


/French pare/
Ambroise (ɑ̃brwaz). 1510–90, French surgeon. He reintroduced ligature of arteries following amputation instead of cauterization
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Word Origin and History for paring



"to trim by cutting close," c.1300, from Old French parer "arrange, prepare; trim, adorn," and directly from Latin parare "make ready, furnish, provide, arrange, order," related to parere "produce, bring forth, give birth to," from PIE root *pere- "produce, procure, bring forward, bring forth," and derived words in diverse senses (cf. Lithuanian pariu "to brood," Greek poris "calf, bull," Old High German farro, German Farre "bullock," Old English fearr "bull," Sanskrit prthukah "child, calf, young of an animal," Czech spratek "brat, urchin, premature calf"). Generalized meaning "to reduce something little by little" is from 1520s. Related: Pared; paring.

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paring in Medicine

Paré Pa·ré (pä-rā'), Ambroise. 1517?-1590.

French surgeon who made numerous improvements to operating methods, including the ligature of arteries rather than cauterization.

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