scissorbill

noun

1
2
chiefly West : an inferior or stupid person: such as
a
: a worker indifferent to the interests of the laboring class (as one unwilling to join a union)
b
: a worker learning to be a railway brakeman

Word History

Etymology

translation of French bec-en-ciseaux

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of scissorbill was in 1833

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“Scissorbill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scissorbill. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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