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[aw-ger] /ˈɔ gər/
  1. a bit, as for a brace.
  2. a boring tool, similar to but larger than a gimlet, consisting of a bit rotated by a transverse handle.
a device consisting of a shaft with a broad helical flange rotating within a cylindrical casing to force bulk materials from one end to the other.
snake (def 3a).
Origin of auger
before 900; Middle English nauger (a nauger misdivided as an auger; cf. adder1, apron), Old English nafogār nave-piercer (cognate with Old Norse nafarr, Old Saxon nabugēr, Middle Dutch navegeer, Old High German nabagēr), equivalent to nafa nave + gār spear; cf. gore3, garlic
Can be confused
auger, augur. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for auger
Historical Examples
  • Jack twitched the auger from one of the seamen and flung it into the lagoon.

  • This point fits into a hole pecked with a point or bored with an auger into the door-sill.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
  • Then Baugi took the auger again and he bored deeper and deeper into the rock.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • These round holes might be fashioned with an auger, so regular are they.

  • They next tapped the maple-trees on the south side, with an auger of an inch and a half.

    Taking Tales W.H.G. Kingston
  • Many of these holes are as round and as cleanly cut as if they had been made with an auger.

    The Innocents Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • As he puts the question, Davis points his auger to the bottom of the ship.

  • Next he took an auger and bored a hole in each end of the three pieces.

    The Rival Campers Afloat Ruel Perley Smith
  • He took the auger, and quickly bored an inch hole in the scuttle.

    The Last of the Flatboats George Cary Eggleston
  • He goes over it again, verse by verse, and auger accompanies him.

    The New Book Of Martyrs Georges Duhamel
British Dictionary definitions for auger


a hand tool with a bit shaped like a corkscrew, for boring holes in wood
a larger tool of the same kind for boring holes in the ground
Word Origin
C15 an augur, resulting from mistaken division of earlier a nauger, from Old English nafugār nave (of a wheel) spear (that is, tool for boring hubs of wheels), from nafunave² + gār spear; see gore²
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Word Origin and History for auger

c.1500, faulty separation of Middle English a nauger, from Old English nafogar "nave drill," from Proto-Germanic *nabogaizaz (cf. Old Norse nafarr, Old Saxon nabuger, Old High German nabuger), a compound whose first element is related to nave (n.2) and whose second is identical to Old English gar "a spear, borer" (see gar). For similar misdivisions, see adder. The same change took place in Dutch (avegaar).

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