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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Even right now, players are finding ways to take out opponents with basketballs, the tomahawk projectile, and by crashing vehicles into another. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Black Ops 4 merges Fortnite and PUBG into the best Call of Duty in years," 19 Oct. 2018 Finally, the right flap of the menu includes four meat entrees (the 16-ounce tomahawk veal chop is the most expensive item at $49), three fish entrees and three vegetable side dishes (all vegan). Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "SheWolf is Michigan's only restaurant milling its own flour," 27 June 2018 Springfield Township also used a Taser in Colerain Township in October to subdue a naked man who threatened officers with a tomahawk. Jennie Key,, "Tasers coming back to Colerain Township Police this summer," 19 June 2018 Lunch and dinner feature a three-course menu with a 35-ounce prime tomahawk chop ($90). Anna Muckerman,, "Father's Day dining specials on the menu in the Baltimore area," 11 June 2018 Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 44 S. Main St., West Hartford, offers a three-course Father's Day menu for $90 from June 15 to 17, which includes a 35-ounce prime tomahawk steak. Leeanne Griffin,, "Father's Day Dining Specials In Connecticut," 5 June 2018 On a fast break, McGee cocked the ball behind his head for a tomahawk jam. Hayden Barber, kansascity, "Hutch hosts a dunk party in Friday night's first NJCAA national semifinal | The Kansas City Star," 23 Mar. 2018 Those tomahawks of course can fly up to 1500 miles. Fox News, "Gorka on Syria strike: US is duty-bound to respond to Assad," 13 Apr. 2018 On its base was a shield, surrounded by a musket, bow, arrows, tomahawk, and scalping knife. Barbara Cutter, Smithsonian, "The Gruesome Story of Hannah Duston, Whose Slaying of Indians Made Her an American Folk “Hero”," 9 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Albert Almora tomahawked a chin-high fastball down the right field line. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers might be wise to trade Michael Fulmer. Here's why," 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, "The Boy Who Lived on Edges," 22 Mar. 2018 There was Glover Quinn tomahawking the ball way from Doug Martin. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "These Detroit Lions looked ugly in win over Tampa Bay Buccaneers," 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, "Yankees Hold Off Red Sox, Without Chapman Shutting the Door," 19 Aug. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of tomahawk

: a small ax used as a weapon by Native Americans


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Kids Definition of tomahawk

: a light ax used as a weapon by North American Indians

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