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 highlight of the game was Jordan’s no-look, behind-the-back pass to Pippen near the end of the first half that resulted in a thunderous tomahawk jam. Paul Sullivan,, "Column: Hey NBA — why play games in empty, cavernous arenas this season? Try high school gyms instead.," 26 Dec. 2020 The design of the tomahawk isn’t strictly Native American. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "Tomahawks Are Back: These American Relics Have Seen a Resurgence in Military and Survival Situations," 22 Dec. 2020 The team announced in a statement in July that the tomahawk chop is currently under review by its advisory committee. Giulia Heyward And Aj Willingham, CNN, "The Atlanta Braves want to help preserve the native Cherokee language," 15 Dec. 2020 Freshman Greg Brown brutalized the rim with a one-handed tomahawk on a run-out following a Texas State turnover. Nick Moyle,, "Texas freshman Greg Brown goes for career-high in win over Texas State," 9 Dec. 2020 Justin Smith nearly posterized a Bisons defender with a tomahawk dunk, but missed. Scottie Bordelon, Arkansas Online, "Arkansas hammers Lipscomb for 4th win," 6 Dec. 2020 An officer in the river struggled in the cold water before breaking the rear window with a tomahawk and pulling the woman to the river bank. Fox News, "Ohio police rescue woman trapped in sinking minivan after crashing in river, video shows," 25 Nov. 2020 Riley greeted reliever Blake Treinen with a 448-foot drive to left-center, drawing a loud reaction and some tomahawk chops from the first fans allowed to attend a major league game this season. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Riley HR ignites big Braves 9th in 5-1 NLCS win over Dodgers," 13 Oct. 2020 The USS Delbert Black has hangar space for two Seahawk helicopters and can launch 95 tomahawk missiles. FOX 35 Orlando, "U.S. Navy's newest destroyer named after fallen Florida sailor," 25 Sep. 2020 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,, "Sunday’s Bears storylines: Khalil Mack’s greatest talent, nudity outside of Club Dub and the hidden stakes of the Week 4 game," 27 Sep. 2019 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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“Tomahawk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tomahawk

: a small ax used as a weapon by Native Americans


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

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