[ tom-uh-hawk ]
/ ˈtɒm əˌhɔk /


a light ax used by the North American Indians as a weapon and tool.
any of various similar weapons or implements.
(in Australia) a stone hatchet used by the Aborigines.

verb (used with object)

to attack, wound, or kill with or as if with a tomahawk.

Origin of tomahawk

1605–15; < Virginia Algonquian (E spelling) tamahaac hatchet (equivalent to Proto-Algonquian *temah- to cut (it) off + *-a·kan- instrument for)

Related forms

tom·a·hawk·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for tomahawk


/ (ˈtɒməˌhɔːk) /


a fighting axe, with a stone or later an iron head, used by the North American Indians
mainly Australian the usual word for hatchet

Word Origin for tomahawk

C17: from Virginia Algonquian tamahaac
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