The definition of an awl is a small tool with a sharp point that is used to punch holes in leather and wood.noun
A person using a tool to pierce holes in a belt is an example of a person using an awl.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
Origin: earlier (16th c.) aule < ME alle < OE æl < IE base *əlā (> ON alr), *ēlā (> Sans āra)
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Origin: Middle English aul, probably blend of Old English ǽl and Old English awel, fleshhook.