Word Origin & History
late 14c., sisoures, from O.Fr. cisoires (pl.) "shears," from V.L. *cisoria (pl.) "cutting instrument," from *cisus (in compounds such as L. excisus, pp. of excidere "to cut out"), ult. from L. cædere "to cut." Spelling with sc- is 16c., from influence of M.L. scissor "tailor," from L. "carver,
cutter," from pp. stem of scindere "to split." Usually with pair of (attested from c.1400) when indication of just one is required, but a sing. form without the -s was occasionally used (mid-15c., cysowre). In Scotland, shears
answers for all sizes; but in England generally that word is used only for those too large to be worked by one hand. Sense in wrestling is from 1904. The verb scissor "to cut with scissors" is recorded from 1610s; in the wrestling sense it is attested from 1968. Oh scissors! was a 19c. exclamation of impatience or disgust.