Awl meaning

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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.

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A pointed tool for making holes, as in wood or leather.
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A small, pointed tool for making holes in wood, leather, etc.
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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.
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Origin of awl

Middle English aul, alle, al, from Old English æl, from Proto-Germanic *ēlō (compare East Frisian älst, Dutch aal, German Ahle), from Proto-Indo-European *Hóleh₂ (compare Khotanese aiysna, Sanskrit अरा (árā))