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[twee-zerz] /ˈtwi zərz/
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb)
small pincers or nippers for plucking out hairs, extracting splinters, picking up small objects, etc.
Origin of tweezers
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


[twee-zer] /ˈtwi zər/
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Examples from the web for tweezers
  • Inside were scalpels, tweezers and other surgical tools.
  • But the new, well, spin in this research is using optical tweezers to rotate objects.
  • The pellets are grey, matted lumps in the water and are easy to pull apart with toothpicks and tweezers.
  • Most of us remember poking around a frog's innards during high school biology with a pair of rusty tweezers.
  • You'll also want to include tweezers, since you'll likely get several wood splinters while in the wilderness.
  • Create a first-aid kit with bandages, antibiotic ointment, tweezers and over-the-counter medications for pain and nausea.
  • Pick up a small bead with the tweezers, dip into glue and place on the sock below the carrot nose.
  • Run your fingers over salmon and remove any bones with clean tweezers.
  • Then he heads home to pluck the teeny bullet out with his tweezers.
  • Otherwise, you can pull out the stinger with tweezers or your fingers, but avoid pinching the venom sac at the end of the stinger.
British Dictionary definitions for tweezers


plural noun
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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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