awl

[ awl ]
/ ɔl /

noun

a pointed instrument for piercing small holes in leather, wood, etc.

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Origin of awl

before 900; Middle English al, eal, aul,Old English al, eal, æl; cognate with Old Norse alr; akin to Middle English ēl,Old English ǣl,Old High German āla (German Ahle), Sanskrit ā́rā

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH awl

1. ale, ail, awl ; 2. all, awl .

Definition for awl (2 of 2)

A.W.L.

or a.w.l.


absent with leave.
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British Dictionary definitions for awl

awl
/ (ɔːl) /

noun

a pointed hand tool with a fluted blade used for piercing wood, leather, etcSee also bradawl

Word Origin for awl

Old English ǣl; related to Old Norse alr, Old High German āla, Dutch aal, Sanskrit ārā
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