paring knife


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Use a paring knife to peel fruits and vegetables, say, or devein shrimp. Katie Workman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Jan. 2023 When potato is cool, peel with paring knife and cut into cubes. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Journal Sentinel, 19 Dec. 2022 Set ham cut side down in large roasting pan and cut 4 slits in top of bag with paring knife. Susan Selasky, USA TODAY, 15 Apr. 2022 Set ham cut side down in large roasting pan and cut 4 slits in top of bag with paring knife. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 13 Apr. 2022 Use a paring knife to trim the base of each sprout. Dallas News, 30 Nov. 2022 Open the foil and set the beets aside until cool enough to handle, then use a paring knife and/or your fingers to remove their peels. Ellie Krieger, Washington Post, 11 Nov. 2022 In our final test, the paring knife was up to par for hulling strawberries, producing a smooth cut with no resistance. Rennie Dyball, Peoplemag, 8 Aug. 2022 Men often retire without ever having held a paring knife or washed a dish. Arkansas Online, 27 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Paring knife.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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