A person using a tool to pierce holes in a belt is an example of a person using an awl.
Origin of awlearlier (16th circa ) aule ; from Middle English alle ; from Old English æl ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ?l? (from source Old Norse alr), an unverified form ?l? (from source Sanskrit ?ra)
Origin of awlMiddle English al, aul, from Old English æl; akin to German Ahle, awl, and Sanskrit ara, goad, awl.
- A pointed instrument for piercing small holes, as in leather or wood; used by shoemakers, saddlers, cabinetmakers, etc. The blade is differently shaped and pointed for different uses, as in the brad awl, saddler's awl, shoemaker's awl, etc.