paring

noun

par·​ing ˈper-iŋ How to pronounce paring (audio)
1
: the act of cutting away an edge or surface
2
: something pared off
apple parings

Examples of paring in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The protests follow similar tensions in Germany and the Netherlands over the paring back of subsidies and the approval of European laws to protect the environment. William Horobin, Bloomberg.com, 24 Jan. 2024 After using a cookie cutter to slice the shape, employ a sharp paring knife to cut a 1-inch by ¼-inch or so (adjust accordingly based on your mug rim width) from the bottom of the cookie. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 Nov. 2023 Use a paring knife: Take a sharp paring knife and either hollow out a whole apple, cut the apple in half or into quarters, and use the knife to scoop out the centers. Patricia S York, Southern Living, 9 Oct. 2023 My coffee maker for sure, a good paring knife, and my blender—have to have that. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 Sep. 2023 Roll out fondant to ⅛ inch thick; using paring knife, cut into palm tree leaf shapes. Anna Helm Baxter, Woman's Day, 30 Aug. 2023 The set comes with seven different essential knives, including a 7-inch santoku knife and a 3-inch paring knife, a set of six steak knives, a honing steel, and a pair of kitchen shears, along with a wooden block to keep everything organized in one place. Clara McMahon, Peoplemag, 19 Feb. 2023 To devein shrimp: Use a sharp paring knife to make an incision beside the vein running along the back of the shrimp. Zoe Denenberg, Bon Appétit, 19 July 2023 Make a couple of small slits in the top of each with a sharp paring knife, then bake for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp. Ellie Krieger, Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of paring was in the 14th century

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“Paring.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paring. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

paring

noun
par·​ing
ˈpa(ə)r-iŋ,
ˈpe(ə)r-
1
: the act of cutting away an edge or surface
2
: something pared off
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