Nearby words

  1. toodle-oo,
  2. tooele,
  3. took,
  4. tooke,
  5. tooke, john horne,
  6. tool box,
  7. tool engineering,
  8. tool post,
  9. tool pusher,
  10. tool shed

Origin of tool

before 900; Middle English (noun); Old English tōl; cognate with Old Norse tōl tools; akin to taw2

SYNONYMS FOR tool
1. T ool , implement , instrument , utensil refer to contrivances for doing work. A tool is a contrivance held in and worked by the hand, for assisting the work of (especially) mechanics or laborers: a carpenter's tools. An implement is any tool or contrivance designed or used for a particular purpose: agricultural implements. An instrument is anything used in doing a certain work or producing a certain result, especially such as requires delicacy, accuracy, or precision: surgical or musical instruments. A utensil is especially an article for domestic use: kitchen utensils. When used figuratively of human agency, tool is generally used in a contemptuous sense; instrument , in a neutral or good sense: a tool of unscrupulous men; an instrument of Providence.

Related formstool·er, nountool·less, adjectivemul·ti·tool, nounun·tooled, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for tool

tool

/ (tuːl) /

noun

verb

Derived Formstooler, nountool-less, adjective

Word Origin for tool

Old English tōl; related to Old Norse tōl weapon, Old English tawian to prepare; see taw ²

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Word Origin and History for tool
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