adz

or adze

[ adz ]
/ ædz /

noun

an axlike tool, for dressing timbers roughly, with a curved, chisellike steel head mounted at a right angle to the wooden handle.

verb (used with object), adzed, adz·ing.

to dress or shape (wood) with an adz.

Origin of adz

First recorded before 900; Middle English ad(e)se, Old English adesa; (unattested) ad-es-, of obscure origin, appears to be formed like ax, and might by association with the latter have lost unattested w-; if so, from unattested Germanic wad-, cognate with Lithuanian vedegà “adz”

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH adz

adds, ads, adz .
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