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tweezers

[twee-zerz] /ˈtwi zərz/
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb)
1.
small pincers or nippers for plucking out hairs, extracting splinters, picking up small objects, etc.
Origin of tweezers
1645-1655
1645-55; plural of tweezer, equivalent to obsolete tweeze case of surgical instruments (aphetic form of earlier etweese < French étuis, plural of étui, noun derivative of Old French étuier to keep < Latin stūdiāre to care for) + -er1

tweezer

[twee-zer] /ˈtwi zər/
noun
1.
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tweezers

/ˈtwiːzəz/
plural noun
1.
a small pincer-like instrument for handling small objects, plucking out hairs, etc Also called pair of tweezers, (esp US) tweezer
Word Origin
C17: plural of tweezer (on the model of scissors, etc), from tweeze case of instruments, from French étuis cases (of instruments), from Old French estuier to preserve, from Vulgar Latin studiāre (unattested) to keep, from Latin studēre to care about
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Word Origin and History for tweezers
n.

1650s, extended from tweezes, plural of tweeze "case for tweezers" (1620s), a shortening of etweese, considered as plural of etwee (1610s) "a small case," from French étui "small case" (see etui). Sense transferred from the case to the implement inside it.

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