- (US) Present participle of trowel.
Variant of trowel
any of several small hand tools for spreading, smoothing, scooping, etc.; specif.,
- 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