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 German Ahle awl and Sanskrit ārā 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.