Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A light ax formerly used as a tool or weapon by certain Native American peoples. See Regional Note at pone.
  • n. A similar implement or weapon.
  • transitive v. To strike with or as if with a tomahawk.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An ax/axe used by American Indian (First Nations) warriors.
  • n. : A dunk in which the person dunking the ball does so with his arm behind his head
  • n. A geometric construction consisting of a semicircle and two line segments that serves as a tool for trisecting an angle; so called from its resemblance to the American Indian axe.
  • n. A field hockey shot style that involves a player turning their hockey stick upside-down and swinging it so that its inside edge will come into contact with the ball.
  • v. To strike with a tomahawk.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of war hatchet used by the American Indians. It was originally made of stone, but afterwards of iron.
  • transitive v. To cut, strike, or kill, with a tomahawk.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Specifically, to cut sheep when shearing them.
  • To strike, cut, or kill with a tomahawk.
  • n. The warax of the Indians of North America.
  • n. In heraldry, a bearing representing a hatchet of some fanciful form, supposed to be an Indian tomahawk.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cut with a tomahawk
  • n. weapon consisting of a fighting ax; used by North American Indians
  • v. kill with a tomahawk

Etymologies

Virginia Algonquian tamahaac.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From an Algonquian (most likely Powhatan) word. Compare Malecite-Passamaquoddy tomhikon ("ax"), Abenaki temahigan, demahigan ("ax"). (Wiktionary)

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  • Possibly a loan word from the sport of tomahawkey.

    June 9, 2014

  • Apparently the hockey meaning given by Wiktionary - "n. A field hockey shot style that involves a player turning their hockey stick upside-down and swinging it so that its inside edge will come into contact with the ball." - is much more common in Australia and New Zealand.

    June 9, 2014