or adze



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)

to dress or shape (wood) with an adz.

Nearby words

  1. adygei,
  2. adygei republic,
  3. adynamia,
  4. adynamic ileus,
  5. adytum,
  6. adze,
  7. adzhar autonomous republic,
  8. adzhar autonomous soviet socialist republic,
  9. adzharistan,
  10. adzuki

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for adzed

British Dictionary definitions for adzed


US adz


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].

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