- The definition of an awl is a small tool with a sharp point that is used to punch holes in leather and wood.
A person using a tool to pierce holes in a belt is an example of a person using an awl.
a small, pointed tool for making holes in wood, leather, etc.
Origin of awlearlier (16th circa ) aule ; from Middle English alle ; from Old English æl ; from Indo-European base an unverified form əlā (from source Old Norse alr), an unverified form ēlā (from source Sanskrit āra)
A pointed tool for making holes, as in wood or leather.
Origin of awlMiddle English al, aul, from Old English æl; akin to 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.