paring knife


Definition of paring knife

: a small short-bladed knife (as for paring fruit)

Examples of paring knife in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Using a paring knife, make a 2-inch cut (about 1 inch from the top) lengthwise down the side of each poblano and carefully remove seeds and ribs. San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Sep. 2021 When cool enough to handle, remove the skin and seeds from the peppers using a paring knife and cut them into ½-inch slices on the bias. New York Times, 31 Aug. 2021 Use a paring knife to remove stalks, then slice stalks crosswise into 1/2 inch pieces. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 23 Aug. 2021 With the tip of a sharp paring knife, score an approximately 1-inch border around the pastry, being careful not to cut through it. Washington Post, 4 Aug. 2021 The appetizer: Cheese and crackers are easy to remember, but a paring knife and small cutting board also help. Marc Bona, cleveland, 27 June 2021 Reduce to medium-high heat, cover partially, and cook until a paring knife inserted into the largest potato meets just a little resistance, adjusting the heat as needed to maintain a gentle but steady simmer, 8 to 12 minutes., 8 June 2021 Too many policy proposals nominally aimed at helping those students—such as universal student debt forgiveness—promise to instead throw billions at people for whom college was a boon, using an ax where a paring knife is in order. Frederick Hess, Forbes, 10 May 2021 Remove the cake from the oven and run a paring knife around the edges of the pan. Beth Segal, cleveland, 2 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of paring knife

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of paring knife was in the 15th century

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16 Oct 2021

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“Paring knife.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of paring knife

: a small knife with a short blade used especially for cutting fruit and vegetables


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