- A short-handled farming tool with a semicircular blade, used for cutting corn, lopping, or trimming: • figurative the bruise was a dull, greenish sickle of shadow [as modifier]: a crackling frost under a sickle moonMore example sentences
- Most continued to use the same tools as their grandparents: scythes and sickles for reaping wheat and cutting grass, and wooden plows and harrows.
- Ma'dan blacksmiths make fishing spears, reed splitters, sickles (curved cutting tools), and nails for the canoes.
- He arranged two lines of men with flails, clubs, pitchforks, sickles, and reaping hooks.
Old English sicol, sicel, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch sikkel and German Sichel, based on Latin secula, from secare 'to cut'.