a light ax, typically having a stone or bone head, used by North American Indians as a tool and a weapon
Origin of tomahawkVirginia (Algonquian) tamahaac, literally , tool for cutting off
to hit, cut, or kill with a tomahawk
- A light axe formerly used as a tool or weapon by certain Native American peoples.
- A similar implement or weapon.
transitive verbtom·a·hawked, tom·a·hawk·ing, tom·a·hawks
To strike with or as if with a tomahawk.
Origin of tomahawkVirginia Algonquian tamahaac
- An ax/axe used by American Indian (First Nations) warriors.
- (basketball): A dunk in which the person dunking the ball does so with his arm behind his head.
- (geometry) A geometric construction consisting of a semicircle and two line segments that serves as a tool for trisecting an angle; so called from its resemblance to the American Indian axe.
- (field hockey) A field hockey shot style that involves a player turning their hockey stick upside-down and swinging it so that its inside edge will come into contact with the ball.
(third-person singular simple present tomahawks, present participle tomahawking, simple past and past participle tomahawked)
- To strike with a tomahawk.
- The BGM-109 Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM), a long-range, all-weather, subsonic cruise missile with stubby wings, which can be launched from a ship or submarine.