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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


  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

  8. Origin: [Probably a reduplication of saw, to express the alternate motion to and fro, as in the act of sawing.]


  1. Seesaw

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Seesaw

    sē′saw, n. motion to and fro, as in the act of sawing: a play among children, in which two seated at opposite ends of a board supported in the centre move alternately up and down.—adj. moving up and down, or to and fro: reciprocal.—v.i. to move backwards and forwards. [Prob. a redup. of saw.]


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Editors Contribution

  1. seesaw

    A type of play device with a seat each end of a board balanced at a central point for a person to sit each end and push their feet off the ground and the board moves up and down, created and designed in various colors, materials and sizes.

    Most of the local play parks have a seesaw and the children and adults love to play on them.

    Submitted by MaryC on September 3, 2015  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of seesaw in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of seesaw in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of seesaw in a Sentence

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    It’s a seesaw effect; often when the Atlantic is more active the Pacific will be suppressed.

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    If you are 100 percent long or 100 percent short, you are likely to end up nowhere, but with a clever manager and the right strategy, you can edge some gains from this seesaw market.

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