A hammer, paintbrush, computer and wrench are each an example of a tool.
Words are the tools of our trade.
Tooled the car at 80 miles an hour.
Tooled up and down the roads.
Books are a scholar's tools.
The software engineer had been developing lots of EDA tools. a tool for recovering deleted files from a disk.
He was a tool, no more than a pawn to her.
He won't sell us tickets because it's 3:01, and they went off sale at 3. That guy's such a tool.
Hand me that tool, would you? I don't have the right tools to start fiddling around with the engine.
Dude, he's not your friend. He's just tooling you.
Origin of tool
- Middle English from Old English tōl possibly from Old Norse
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English tool, from Old English tÅl (“tool, implement, instrument", literally “that with which one prepares something"), from Proto-Germanic *tÅlÄ… (“tool"), from Proto-Indo-European *dewÇ- (“to tie to, secure"), equivalent to taw (“to prepare") +"Ž -le (agent suffix). Cognate with Scots tuil (“tool, implement, instrument, device"), Icelandic tÃ³l (“tool"), Faroese tÃ³l (“tool, instrument"). Related to Old English tÄwian (“to make, prepare, or cultivate"); see taw, and tow ("fibres used for spinning").