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awl

[ awl ]
/ ɔl /
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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

Other definitions for awl (2 of 2)

A.W.L.

or a.w.l.


abbreviation
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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