Definitions for seesawˈsiˌsɔ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a recreational device on which two children alternately ride up and down while seated at opposite ends of a long plank balanced at the middle.

  2. any movement or procedure characterized by ups and downs or vacillation.

  3. (adj.)moving up and down, back and forth, or alternately ahead and behind.

  4. (v.i.)to move in a seesaw manner.

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  5. to ride on a seesaw.

  6. to vacillate.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  7. (v.t.)to cause to move in a seesaw manner.

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Origin of seesaw:

1695–1705; gradational compound based on saw1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. seesaw, teeter, teeter-totter, teetertotter, teeterboard, tilting board, dandle board(verb)

    a plaything consisting of a board balanced on a fulcrum; the board is ridden up and down by children at either end

  2. teeter-totter, teetertotter, seesaw(verb)

    ride on a plank

  3. seesaw(verb)

    move up and down as if on a seesaw

  4. teeter, seesaw, totter(verb)

    move unsteadily, with a rocking motion

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. seesaw(noun)ˈsiˌsɔ

    an outdoor toy consisting of a board that tips from one side to the other with a child sitting on each end


  1. seesaw(Noun)

    A structure composed of a plank, balanced in the middle, used as a game in which one person goes up as the other goes down; a teeter-totter

  2. seesaw(Noun)

    a series of up-and-down movements.

  3. seesaw(Noun)

    a series of alternating movements or feelings

  4. seesaw(Verb)

    To use a seesaw.

  5. seesaw(Verb)

    To fluctuate

  6. seesaw(Adjective)


  7. Origin: Probably a frequentative imitative of rhythmic back-and-forth, up-and-down or zigzaging motion, such as teeter-totter, zigzag, flip-flop, ping-pong, etc., under the umbrella term of reduplication; also likely influenced by the verbs see and saw of either present or past tense.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Seesaw(noun)

    a play among children in which they are seated upon the opposite ends of a plank which is balanced in the middle, and move alternately up and down

  2. Seesaw(noun)

    a plank or board adjusted for this play

  3. Seesaw(noun)

    a vibratory or reciprocating motion

  4. Seesaw(noun)

    same as Crossruff

  5. Seesaw(verb)

    to move with a reciprocating motion; to move backward and forward, or upward and downward

  6. Seesaw(verb)

    to cause to move backward and forward in seesaw fashion

  7. Seesaw(adj)

    moving up and down, or to and fro; having a reciprocating motion


  1. Seesaw

    A seesaw is a long, narrow board pivoted in the middle so that, as one end goes up, the other goes down.


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Translations for seesaw

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a long flat piece of wood, metal etc, balanced on a central support so that one end of it goes up as the other goes down

The boy fell off the seesaw in the park.

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