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scythe (1) (larger) and sickle (smaller)

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From Middle English sythe or sithe, from Old English sīþe (sickle). The silent c appeared in the early 15th century because it was wrongly thought that the word was linked to Latin scissor ("carver, cutter") and scindere ("to cut"). Cognate with Dutch zicht (sickle).


  • IPA(key): /ˈsaɪð/, (some accents) IPA(key): /ˈsaɪθ/
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  • Rhymes: -aɪð, -aɪθ


scythe (plural scythes)

  1. An instrument for mowing grass, grain, or the like, by hand, composed of a long, curving blade, with the concave edge sharped, made fast to a long handle, called a snath.
    • 1609, William Shakespeare, Sonnet 12:
      And nothing 'gainst Time's scythe can make defence
      Save breed, to brave him when he takes thee hence.
  2. A scythe-shaped blade attached to ancient war chariots.
  3. (cartomancy) The tenth Lenormand card.


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scythe (third-person singular simple present scythes, present participle scything, simple past and past participle scythed)

  1. (transitive) To cut with a scythe; to cut off as with a scythe; to mow.
  2. (intransitive, figuratively) To attack or injure as if cutting.
    • 2011, Catherine Sampson, The Pool of Unease
      The boy began to keen, and the high-pitched noise scythed through Song's head.