- any of various tools having a flat blade with a handle, used for depositing and working mortar, plaster, etc.
- a similar tool with a curved, scooplike blade, used in gardening for taking up plants, turning up earth, etc.
- to apply, shape, smooth, or dig with or as if with a trowel.
Origin of trowel
Related Words for troweltrowel, scoop, inquire, burrow, shovel, ladle, spoon, dipper, bail, spade, digger, excavator, prospect, rummage, search, unearth, explore, dig, investigate, research
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
- any of various small hand tools having a flat metal blade attached to a handle, used for scooping or spreading plaster or similar materials
- a similar tool with a curved blade used by gardeners for lifting plants, etc
- (tr) to use a trowel on (plaster, soil, etc)
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.