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 The Braves often leave a foam tomahawk on the seats for fans during home games. Amanda Jackson, CNN, "Atlanta Braves will reduce use of Tomahawk Chop after Cardinals' pitcher calls it disrespectful," 9 Oct. 2019 Menu items will include rib-eye, tomahawk and porterhouse steaks grilled over wood, plus steak tartare, crab gnocchi and shrimp cocktail. Hadley Tomicki, Los Angeles Times, "A ‘Breaking Bad’ restaurant opens in West Hollywood this week," 15 Oct. 2019 Some students chanted and performed a tomahawk chop, considered by some as mocking toward Native Americans. Max Londberg,, "Libel suit filed against Kathy Griffin, Elizabeth Warren and others who tweeted about Covington Catholic incident," 6 Mar. 2019 Learn Scout skills, camping, canoeing, tomahawk throwing, fishing, plus shoot a black powder rifle and watch a Scout movie in the evening. Shiela Johnson,, "North Carroll: Manchester Valley High holding restaurant fundraisers; Harvest Happenings in Manchester," 16 Sep. 2019 The missile was once banned under the INF treaty and looks like a tomahawk cruise missile. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "After Leaving Treaty, U.S. Tests Ground Launched Cruise Missile," 20 Aug. 2019 The Texas Free Trappers camp the second weekend of November and February at a 200-acre site near Shiner and compete in rifle, pistol, archery and knife- and tomahawk-throwing matches. John Goodspeed,, "Black powder passion: Modern mountain man breathes life into history," 11 July 2019 Hyde Park Prime The Australian Wagyu tomahawk rib-eye, courtesy of pro golfer Greg Norman’s beef business, is a 34-ounce, super-tender monster. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Every restaurant you'll try at the IndyStar Wine & Food Experience," 16 July 2019 In the case of the cowboy, the bone protrudes a couple inches past its meat; in the tomahawk, several inches. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "With steaks, closer to the bone makes a difference," 10 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Leadoff man George Springer tomahawked Strasburg’s first pitch and almost knocked down the left field wall for a double., "The momentum shifted quickly in the bottom of the inning as the relentless Astros ripped into Stephen Strasburg.," 30 Oct. 2019 Hayes viciously tomahawked the unquestioned highlight of this year’s July event. Jake Fischer,, "Coach's Challenges Are Coming: Is the NBA Ready?," 10 July 2019 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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The first known use of tomahawk was circa 1612

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4 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Tomahawk.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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