- 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.
- to attack, wound, or kill with or as if with a tomahawk.
Origin of tomahawk
Related Words for tomahawkmachete, bill, tomahawk, billhook, fire, hatchet, sack, can, discharge, cleaver, poll, chopper, adz
Examples from the Web for tomahawk
Contemporary Examples of tomahawk
The USS Arleigh Burke, a destroyer, and USS Philippine Sea, a cruiser, launched a total of 47 Tomahawk missiles.$70 Billion Stealth Jet Finally Flies in Its First War
September 23, 2014
You see people in war paint or doing the tomahawk chop and saying, “Scalp him.”Amanda Blackhorse Is ‘Confident’ Snyder Will Lose His Redskins Appeal
June 25, 2014
Brown supporters at one rally mocked her with tomahawk chops and war cries.Three Wild Races for Women: Warren, Hassan Win; McMahon Takes Pricey Hit
November 7, 2012
Or what America was doing with its Tomahawk missile strikes that frequently ended up killing civilians.America's Deadly Terror 'Pipeline'
August 6, 2010
Historical Examples of tomahawk
With my tomahawk I cut a mark in that chestnut yonder and buried my weapon at the foot of it.The Trail Book
I leave the tomahawk and knife to such as have a natural gift to use them.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
You say you're willing to bury the tomahawk; do you mean it?Good Indian
B. M. Bower
Oh, how I understood now the rascally-looking fellow, with his hatchet and tomahawk!My Double Life
I didn't have my tomahawk, and I didn't know what would happen.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
- 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
1610s, tamahaac, from Algonquian (probably Powhatan) tamahack "what is used in cutting," from tamaham "he cuts." Cognate with Mohegan tummahegan, Delaware tamoihecan, Micmac tumeegun.