[ tool-mey-ker ]
/ ˈtulˌmeɪ kər /


a machinist skilled in the building and reconditioning of tools, jigs, and related devices used in a machine shop.

Origin of toolmaker

First recorded in 1835–45; tool + maker

Related forms

tool·mak·ing, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for tool-maker

  • The inventor employed a tool-maker who was the finest and best tool-maker I had ever seen.

    Edison, His Life and Inventions|Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin

British Dictionary definitions for tool-maker


/ (ˈtuːlˌmeɪkə) /


a person who specializes in the production or reconditioning of precision tools, cutters, etc

Derived Forms

tool-making, noun
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