paring knife


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

Examples of paring knife in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Snap off the tough ends of the asparagus, then neatly trim the base with a paring knife. Lynda Balslev, The Mercury News, 6 May 2024 The set includes the all-white block as well as six 4.5-inch paring knives, an 8-inch chef knife, 8-inch slicing knife, 8-inch bread knife, 7-inch Santou knife, 5-inch utility knife, 3.5-inch paring knife, and shears. Stephanie Osmanski, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 May 2024 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, 28 Mar. 2024 Roast, uncovered, for about 1 hour until chicken is nicely browned and thigh juices run clear when probed with a paring knife. David Tanis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Mar. 2024 Make a small incision in the tomatoes with a paring knife (this step will speed up the cooking process). Lynda Balslev, The Mercury News, 11 Mar. 2024 The squares are simple to create with kitchen shears or a paring knife. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 22 Feb. 2024 Use a paring knife, cut an x at the bottom of the peach. Rishon Hanners, Southern Living, 30 June 2023 William Huxley has been stabbed to death with a paring knife in his garage. Sara Netzley,, 21 Mar. 2023

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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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“Paring knife.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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