Origin of mattockMiddle English mattok ; from Old English mattuc ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form mattiuca ; from an unverified form mattea, back-formation ; from Classical Latin mateola, diminutive ; from an unverified form matea ; from Indo-European base an unverified form mat-, hoe, club from source Sanskrit matyá-, a harrow
Origin of mattockMiddle English, from Old English mattuc, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *matteūca, club; akin to *mattea; see mace 1.
From Middle English mattok (“mattock, pickaxe”), from Old English mattuc, meottoc, mettac (“mattock, fork, trident”), from Proto-Germanic *mattukaz (“mattock, ploughshare”), from Proto-Indo-European *matn-, *mat- (“a hoe, ploughshare”). Related to Old High German medela (“plough”), Middle High German metze, metz (“knife”), Latin mateola (“implement for digging in the soil”), Polish motyka (“hoe, mattock”), Russian мотыга (motýga, “hoe, mattock”), Lithuanian matikkas (“mattock”), Sanskrit मत्य (matyà, “harrow, roller, club”). More at mason.