verb (used with object), trow·eled, trow·el·ing or (especially British) trow·elled, trow·el·ling.
Origin of trowel
Examples from the Web for trowel
Jimmy, it doesnt say one ought to have a trowel and pick for garden work.Natalie: A Garden Scout|Lillian Elizabeth Roy
Three years ago we discovered one in the same place, which the barber slew with a trowel.The Works of William Cowper|William Cowper
Bring your plants with their own earth, your straggly geraniums, pots, and each a trowel.The Library of Work and Play: Gardening and Farming.|Ellen Eddy Shaw
The lower edge is cut off with the trowel to a straight edge.
The turnstiles were blocked by a sandwich board: Mickey in a Ben Franklin wig and bifocals, holding a trowel.Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom|Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for trowel
verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled
Word Origin for trowel
Word Origin and History 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.
Idioms and Phrases with trowel
see under lay it on thick.