Definition of awl
: a pointed tool for marking surfaces or piercing small holes (as in leather or wood)
Origin and Etymology of awl
Middle English al, from Old English æl; akin to Old High German āla awl, Sanskrit ārā
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
AWL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of awl for English Language Learners
: a pointed tool that is used for marking surfaces or for making small holes in leather, wood, etc.
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Definition of awl for Students
: a pointed tool for making small holes (as in leather or wood)
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