Try Our Apps


Supposedly vs. Supposably


or (especially British) plyer

[plahy-er] /ˈplaɪ ər/
pliers, (sometimes used with a singular verb) small pincers with long jaws, for bending wire, holding small objects, etc. (usually used with pair of).
a person or thing that plies.
Origin of plier
1560-70; ply2 + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for plier
Historical Examples
  • Wet the spokes well and with a plier press them hard and turn them up.

    Practical Basketry Anna A. Gill
  • Another use of this plier, also indicated, is to bend over the ends of the split pin in order to prevent it from falling out.

    Aviation Engines Victor Wilfred Pag
  • A meeting of the plier manufacturers of the country was called and the question was put before them.

  • Wet the spokes again and with the plier press the spokes well and bend them outward for a slight flare.

    Practical Basketry Anna A. Gill
British Dictionary definitions for plier


a person who plies a trade
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for plier

"one who folds," 1670s, agent noun from ply (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for plier

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for plier

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for plier