- a pointed instrument for piercing small holes in leather, wood, etc.
Origin of awl
- absent with leave.
Examples from the Web for awl
Then his master must take him to the door and publicly pierce his ear with an awl.The Tithe Is High: End the GOP Civil War!
January 11, 2014
This second view was given representative voice by Choire Sicha at The Awl.What Kind of Christian Is Barack Obama?
May 8, 2012
He regularly contributes essays to The Awl, and is a graduate of both NYU and Columbia University.What's Real in The Rite
Seth Colter Walls
January 31, 2011
Daniel D'Addario is a writer who's contributed to Newsweek, The Awl, Urlesque, and Capital.The Power of the Booker
October 12, 2010
Natasha Vargas-Cooper is the Los Angeles correspondent for The Awl.The Rehab Show That Works
July 21, 2010
The shuttle will be made by the carpenter; the awl by the smith or skilled person.
We cut with a knife, we pierce with an awl, we weave with a shuttle, we name with a name.
And "hahaha" echoed the old man, still sitting with the awl in his hand.The Great Hunger
Then he took an awl, heated it red-hot, and applied it to her eye—her sound one.Russian Fairy Tales
W. R. S. Ralston
Baba Mustapha was seated with an awl in his hand, just going to work.The Arabian Nights
- a pointed hand tool with a fluted blade used for piercing wood, leather, etcSee also bradawl
Word Origin and History for awl
Old English æl "awl, piercer," from Proto-Germanic *ælo (cf. Old Norse alr, Dutch aal, Middle Low German al, Old High German äla, German Ahle), of uncertain origin. Earliest references are to piercing of the ears, though later it was associated with shoemakers. Through misdivision, frequently written 15c.-17c. as nawl (for an awl; see N).