Origin of awl
Examples from the Web for awl
Then his master must take him to the door and publicly pierce his ear with an awl.
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At the age of twenty-three, he dropped his awl and hammer, and emerged into the world.Sketches of Reforms and Reformers, of Great Britain and Ireland|Henry B. Stanton
Padna admired the skilful manner in which he made the holes with his awl and drew the wax-end with rapid strokes.Waysiders|Seumas O'Kelly
The last act of ownership performed by the master was the piercing of the right ear with an awl.Landholding In England|Joseph Fisher
We should awl aim at perfeckshun, but no one but a phool will expekt tew reach it.The Complete Works of Josh Billings|Henry W. Shaw
I got no mouth spaich out of him at awl, but I screeched and screeched an' prayed until I convarted myself!A Book of the West. Volume I Devon|S. Baring-Gould
Word Origin for awl
Old English æl "awl, piercer," from Proto-Germanic *ælo (cf. Old Norse alr, Dutch aal, Middle Low German al, Old High German äla, German Ahle), of uncertain origin. Earliest references are to piercing of the ears, though later it was associated with shoemakers. Through misdivision, frequently written 15c.-17c. as nawl (for an awl; see N).