- 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.
He troweled the coarse mix with a twist, leaving a pattern of arcs.
Origin of trowel
- Middle English trowell from Old French truele from Late Latin truella diminutive of Latin trua ladle
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition