mul·​ti-tool ˈməl-tē-ˌtül How to pronounce multi-tool (audio)
variants or less commonly multitool
: a compact, portable device that has blades and extensions for many tools (such as knives, screwdrivers, pliers, scissors, openers, and saw blades) which can be folded into the handle
… it's good to know you have tools in the car to get you out of a pickle that your multi-tool can't …Jennifer Sherry
To my mind, the coolest feature is the multi-tool, which sports a standard blade, serrated blade, screwdriver and bottle opener.Doug Aamoth
When a multitool is all that stands between you and, say, a ten-mile walk home, you develop a certain loyalty to the most reliable one.National Geographic Adventure

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to its useful features, the vacuum also comes with three handy attachments: a crevice tool, a pet multi-tool, and an anti-allergen dusting brush. Clara Mcmahon, Peoplemag, 25 Apr. 2023 The four-tool kit includes a ½-inch drill-driver, three-speed oscillating multi-tool, handheld LED work light, and a 6 ½-inch circular saw, giving you a well-rounded set to tackle projects large and small. Brandon Russell, Popular Mechanics, 22 Apr. 2023 Most multi-tools are essentially an entire toolbox in one device — and most of those tools aren’t needed on a hike. Nathan Borchelt, Travel + Leisure, 16 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1985, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of multi-tool was in 1985

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“Multi-tool.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

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