- a tool with a thin, flat, rectangular blade, used for smoothing plaster
- a tool with a thin, flat, pointed blade for applying and shaping mortar, as in bricklaying
- a tool with a pointed scoop for loosening soil, digging holes, etc. in a garden
Origin of trowelMiddle English truel ; from Middle French truelle ; from Late Latin truella for Classical Latin trulla, small ladle, scoop, trowel ; from trua, stirring spoon, ladle, probably ; from Indo-European base an unverified form twer-, to stir from source turbid
- A flat-bladed hand tool for leveling, spreading, or shaping substances such as cement or mortar.
- A small implement with a pointed, scoop-shaped blade used for digging, as in setting plants.
transitive verbtrow·eled, trow·el·ing, trow·els or trow·elled or trow·el·ling
Origin of trowelMiddle English trowell, from Old French truele, from Late Latin truella, diminutive of Latin trua, ladle.
- trow′el·er, trow′el·ler
top to bottom: inside corner, pointing, and finishing trowels
(third-person singular simple present trowels, present participle troweling or trowelling, simple past and past participle troweled or trowelled)
- To apply a substance with a trowel.
- He troweled the coarse mix with a twist, leaving a pattern of arcs.