What does awl mean?

awl meaning in General Dictionary

A pointed tool for piercing tiny holes as in leather-based or wood utilized by shoemakers saddlers cabinetmakers etc The blade is in a different way formed and directed for different uses such as the brad awl saddlers awl shoemakers awl etc

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  • a pointed tool for tagging surfaces and for punching small holes
  • A pointed tool for piercing tiny holes, as in fabric or wood; employed by shoemakers, saddlers, cabinetmakers, etc. The knife is in a different way formed and directed for different utilizes, such as the brad awl, saddler's awl, shoemaker's awl, etc.

awl meaning in Etymology Dictionary

Old English


awl meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) A pointed tool for piercing small holes, like in leather-based or timber; utilized by shoemakers, saddlers, cabinetmakers, etc. The knife is in a different way shaped and pointed for various utilizes, as with the brad awl, saddler's awl, shoemaker's awl, etc.