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

  • n. A long heavy hammer, often wielded with both hands, used for driving wedges and posts and for other heavy work.
  • transitive v. To strike with or as if with a sledgehammer.
  • adj. Ruthlessly severe; crushing: sledgehammer prosecutorial tactics.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A hammer that consists of a large, heavy, broad and flat block of metal (the head) attached to a handle typically 0.5 meter to 1 meter long. The sledgehammer's design is meant to allow it to be swung powerfully, and to distribute force over a wide area upon impact.
  • v. To strike with a sledgehammer.

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

  • n. a heavy long-handled hammer used to drive stakes or wedges
  • v. beat with a sledgehammer


Middle English slegge (from Old English slecg) + hammer.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
sledge +‎ hammer (Wiktionary)



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