noun Carpentry.

an awl for making small holes in wood for brads.

Origin of bradawl

First recorded in 1815–25; brad + awl Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bradawl

Historical Examples of bradawl

  • Mr Bradawl had a pretty tough job of it, for the oak was hard.

    Paddy Finn

    W. H. G. Kingston

  • He waved his hand deprecatingly, the bradawl used for his work in it.

    The Purple Land

    W. H. Hudson

  • Holes can be made in the centre with a bradawl and enlarged with a round file.

    Toy-Making in School and Home

    Ruby Kathleen Polkinghorne and Mabel Irene Rutherford Polkinghorne

  • Through the balancing point G a bradawl is stuck, and on that as pivot the whole readily revolves.

  • Care must be taken to bore for the nails with a bradawl, as nothing looks worse than splits in the work.

    Rustic Carpentry

    Paul N. Hasluck

British Dictionary definitions for bradawl



an awl used to pierce wood, leather, or other materials for the insertion of brads, screws, etc
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