[ slej-ham-er ]
/ ˈslɛdʒˌhæm ər /


a large heavy hammer wielded with both hands.

verb (used with or without object)

to hammer, beat, or strike with or as if with a sledgehammer.


crudely or ruthlessly forceful; lacking all dexterity or grace: the artist's sledgehammer approach.

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Origin of sledgehammer

First recorded in 1485–95; sledge2 + hammer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sledgehammer

/ (ˈslɛdʒˌhæmə) /


a large heavy hammer with a long handle used with both hands for heavy work such as forging iron, breaking rocks, etc
(modifier) resembling the action of a sledgehammer in power, ruthlessness, etca sledgehammer blow


(tr) to strike (something) with or as if with a sledgehammer

Word Origin for sledgehammer

C15 sledge, from Old English slecg a large hammer; related to Old Norse sleggja, Middle Dutch slegge
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