tom·​a·​hawk | \ ˈtä-mi-ˌhȯk How to pronounce tomahawk (audio) \

Definition of tomahawk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a light ax used as a missile and as a hand weapon especially by North American Indians


tomahawked; tomahawking; tomahawks

Definition of tomahawk (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cut, strike, or kill with a tomahawk

Examples of tomahawk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Old Falls Revolutionary War Days is a two-day event with mock battles,18th-century civilian fashion shows, tomahawk and bayonet competitions and a parade each day. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 May 2022 The tomahawk is an axe that is native to the indigenous people of North America and at Braves games many fans hold up red foam tomahawks or wear Braves gear displaying the image. Deena Zaru, ABC News, 2 Nov. 2021 Scott hit a 3-pointer and followed it with a driving tomahawk dunk to spark a 12-2 run in which Maryland scored nine straight points and cut the deficit back to 10. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 11 Mar. 2022 But the main event is a $1,200 dry-aged tomahawk feast that can comfortably feed 12 to 14 people. Andy Wang, Robb Report, 23 Feb. 2022 The menu features such high-roller entrees as the $188 surf and turf (a 32-ounce tomahawk steak with lobster). Rand Richards Cooper,, 11 Feb. 2022 On his first dunk, Green took the ball behind his back with his left hand, then threw down a tomahawk dunk with his right. Matt Young, Chron, 18 Feb. 2022 Though his tomahawk slam over Suns center JaVale McGee in early December made SportsCenter, Payton, Jonathan Kuminga and Andrew Wiggins have all had more highlight-worthy displays of athleticism. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Feb. 2022 Leading 35-24 early in the second quarter, Herro drove straight down the lane and slammed in a right-handed tomahawk jam. James Boyd, The Indianapolis Star, 22 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With a one-on-one battle against right tackle Morgan Moses, the Bears star turned the corner and tomahawked Keenum’s right forearm. Dan Wiederer,, 27 Sep. 2019 Leadoff man George Springer tomahawked Strasburg’s first pitch and almost knocked down the left field wall for a double., 30 Oct. 2019 Hayes viciously tomahawked the unquestioned highlight of this year’s July event. Jake Fischer,, 10 July 2019 Albert Almora tomahawked a chin-high fastball down the right field line. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, 3 July 2018 On Mount Shuksan, Adam caught an edge on both the northwest couloir and the line above Hanging Glacier, his body tomahawking through space. Christopher Solomon, Outside Online, 22 Mar. 2018 There was Glover Quinn tomahawking the ball way from Doug Martin. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, 10 Dec. 2017 In his first at-bat, with two runners on in the second inning, Austin looked at two changeups before tomahawking a high fastball high over the Green Monster to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead. Billy Witz, New York Times, 19 Aug. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of tomahawk


circa 1612, in the meaning defined above


circa 1650, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tomahawk


Virginia Algonquian tomahack

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16 May 2022

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“Tomahawk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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tom·​a·​hawk | \ ˈtä-mi-ˌhȯk How to pronounce tomahawk (audio) \

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: a light ax used as a weapon by North American tribes of indigenous people

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