verb (used with object), trow·eled, trow·el·ing or (especially British) trow·elled, trow·el·ling.
Origin of trowel
Related Words for trowelscoop, inquire, burrow, shovel, ladle, spoon, dipper, bail, spade, digger, excavator, prospect, rummage, search, unearth, explore, dig, investigate, research, probe
Examples from the Web for trowel
Historical Examples of trowel
I asked him if he filled his pies with a trowel and you ought to have heard him sputter.Mary-'Gusta
Joseph C. Lincoln
The trowel is the instrument with which these honours—and these fortunes—are won.Personality in Literature
Rolfe Arnold Scott-James
The mixed mortar is then applied with a trowel in a workmanlike manner.Concrete Construction
Halbert P. Gillette
A garden; and I could dig the pond if I had brought the trowel.Jewel
Clara Louise Burnham
He gallantly offered the trowel to Maria Clara, but she refused, with a smile.An Eagle Flight
verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled
Word Origin for trowel
mid-14c., "tool for spreading plaster or mortar," from Old French truele (13c.), from Late Latin truella "small ladle, dipper" (mid-12c.), diminutive of Latin trua "a stirring spoon, ladle, skimmer." The gardening tool was so called since 1796.
see under lay it on thick.