auger

[ aw-ger ]
/ ˈɔ gər /

noun

Carpentry.
  1. a bit, as for a brace.
  2. a boring tool, similar to but larger than a gimlet, consisting of a bit rotated by a transverse handle.
a device consisting of a shaft with a broad helical flange rotating within a cylindrical casing to force bulk materials from one end to the other.

Origin of auger

before 900; Middle English nauger (a nauger misdivided as an auger; cf. adder1, apron), Old English nafogār nave-piercer (cognate with Old Norse nafarr, Old Saxon nabugēr, Middle Dutch navegeer, Old High German nabagēr), equivalent to nafa nave + gār spear; cf. gore3, garlic

Can be confused

auger augur
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British Dictionary definitions for auger

auger

/ (ˈɔːɡə) /

noun

a hand tool with a bit shaped like a corkscrew, for boring holes in wood
a larger tool of the same kind for boring holes in the ground

Word Origin for auger

C15 an augur, resulting from mistaken division of earlier a nauger, from Old English nafugār nave (of a wheel) spear (that is, tool for boring hubs of wheels), from nafu nave ² + gār spear; see gore ²
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