or adze

  1. 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)
  1. to dress or shape (wood) with an adz.

Origin of adz

before 900; Middle English ad(e)se, Old English adesa; *ad-es-, of obscure origin, appears to be formed like ax, and might by association with the latter have lost *w-; if so, < Germanic *wad-, cognate with Lithuanian vedegà adz
Can be confusedadds ads adz


noun, verb (used with object), adzed, adz·ing.
  1. adz. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for adzed

Historical Examples of adzed

  • The ends of the poles used for the track are adzed so that they match evenly.

    Motor Truck Logging Methods

    Frederick Malcolm Knapp

  • The sides and roof of wide-split cedar boards were adzed to lie close, and fastened into place by twisted cedar rope.

  • They were dug from huge poplar logs, squared outside with the broad axe, and adzed within to a smooth finish.

  • The ends are adzed smooth to present an even surface, drift-bolted to the ties, and all joints broken.

    Motor Truck Logging Methods

    Frederick Malcolm Knapp

  • He cut down twenty trees in all and adzed them smooth, squaring them by rule in good workmanlike fashion.

British Dictionary definitions for adzed


US adz

  1. a heavy hand tool with a steel cutting blade attached at right angles to a wooden handle, used for dressing timber

Word Origin for adze

Old English adesa
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Word Origin and History for adzed



also adz, Middle English adese, adse, from Old English adesa "adze, hatchet," of unknown origin, perhaps somehow related to Old French aisse, Latin ascia "axe" (see ax). Spelling with -z- is from 18c. Adze "has been monosyllabic only since the seventeenth century. The word has no cognates, though it resembles the names of the adz and the hammer in many languages" [Liberman, 2008].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper