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.

Nearby words

  1. tom sawyer, the adventures of,
  2. tom thumb,
  3. tom, dick and jerry,
  4. tom, dick, and harry,
  5. tom-tom,
  6. tomalley,
  7. toman,
  8. tomatillo,
  9. tomato,
  10. tomato aspic

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

Examples from the Web for tomahawk

British Dictionary definitions for tomahawk



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

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper