Definition of scythe in English:

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Pronunciation: /sīT͟H/


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A tool used for cutting crops such as grass or wheat, with a long curved blade at the end of a long pole attached to which are one or two short handles.
Example sentences
  • He also often bears a scythe or sickle in his arms, reflecting that Time's eroding force cuts down everything.
  • Her knives were twice a long as a scythe set straight upon the handle.
  • But the small party does not manage to remain separate, for it meets a masqued procession featuring Winged Time, his scythe and hourglass.


[with object]
1Cut with a scythe.
Example sentences
  • Only Father Death reaped a bountiful harvest as he scythed the children of the community.
  • I screamed, firing back, emptying my weapon into the fleeing figures: mowing several down like scythed wheat.
  • Pesticides, similarly, were unknown: docks, nettles and thistles were scythed away by hand just as they came into seed.
1.1 [no object] Move through or penetrate something rapidly and forcefully: attacking players can scythe through defenses
More example sentences
  • The Drumaness bowler scythed through the defence of Alan Millar with just the second delivery of his first over, dismissing the Bangor opener for 4 runs.
  • On the stroke of half time Oxford once again scythed through the shaky gold defence, hooker Andy Dalgleish supplying Bradshaw with the perfect pass to score his second of the evening.
  • The Empire - and its religion - survived until the crescent moon of Islam scythed across the region in the 7th century AD.


Old English sīthe, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zeis and German Sense.

Words that rhyme with scythe

blithe, lithe, tithe, writhe

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Syllabification: scythe

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