Definitions

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

  • n. A pointed tool for making holes, as in wood or leather.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A pointed instrument for piercing small holes, as in leather or wood; used by shoemakers, saddlers, cabinetmakers, etc. The blade is differently shaped and pointed for different uses, as in the brad awl, saddler's awl, shoemaker's awl, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A pointed instrument for piercing small holes, as in leather or wood; used by shoemakers, saddlers, cabinetmakers, etc. The blade is differently shaped and pointed for different uses, as in the brad awl, saddler's awl, shoemaker's awl, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A pointed instrument for piercing small holes in leather, wood, etc., as the bent-pointed awl of the shoemaker and saddler and the straight-pointed brad-awl of the joiner.
  • n. The popinjay or green woodpecker, Picus or Gecinus viridis.

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

  • n. a pointed tool for marking surfaces or for punching small holes

Etymologies

Middle English aul, probably blend of Old English æl and Old English awel, fleshhook.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English aul, alle, al, from Old English æl, from Proto-Germanic *ēlō (compare East Frisian älst, Dutch aal, German Ahle), from Proto-Indo-European *Hóleh₂ (compare Khotanese aiysna, Sanskrit अरा (árā)) (Wiktionary)

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