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[trou-uh l] /ˈtraʊ əl/
any of various tools having a flat blade with a handle, used for depositing and working mortar, plaster, etc.
a similar tool with a curved, scooplike blade, used in gardening for taking up plants, turning up earth, etc.
verb (used with object), troweled, troweling or (especially British) trowelled, trowelling.
to apply, shape, smooth, or dig with or as if with a trowel.
Origin of trowel
1300-50; Middle English < Old French truelle < Late Latin truella, equivalent to Latin tru(a) ladle + -ella -elle
Related forms
troweler; especially British, troweller, noun Unabridged
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any of various small hand tools having a flat metal blade attached to a handle, used for scooping or spreading plaster or similar materials
a similar tool with a curved blade used by gardeners for lifting plants, etc
verb -els, -elling, -elled (US) -els, -eling, -eled
(transitive) to use a trowel on (plaster, soil, etc)
Derived Forms
troweller, (US) troweler, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French truele, from Latin trulla a scoop, from trua a stirring spoon
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Word Origin and History for trowel

mid-14c., "tool for spreading plaster or mortar," from Old French truele (13c.), from Late Latin truella "small ladle, dipper" (mid-12c.), diminutive of Latin trua "a stirring spoon, ladle, skimmer." The gardening tool was so called since 1796.

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see under lay it on thick
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