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 On site, guests can take part in everything from archery and tomahawk throwing to fishing on Lake Mohonk and golfing with complimentary greens fees. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "This Castle Resort Outside New York City Is Reopening June 15," 14 May 2020 O’Connell stole it from Kendle Moore near midcourt and passed upcourt to Stanley, whose tomahawk jam put the Blue Devils up 46-28 with just over 18 minutes left. Joedy Mccreary, The Denver Post, "Tre Jones leads No. 4 Duke past Colorado State," 8 Nov. 2019 And the tomahawk chop and chant that just broke out is yet another good indication. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Super Bowl 2020 live updates: Chiefs vs. 49ers breakdown, score, analysis," 2 Feb. 2020 The Braves, the Seminoles and the Chiefs all use the tomahawk chop during games and as an enduring part of their fan cultures. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "How the Kansas City Chiefs got their name, and why it's so controversial," 1 Feb. 2020 Midway through the second quarter, Wiggins saw a wide-open driving lane, slashed through the key untouched and threw down a tomahawk dunk. Connor Letourneau,, "Andrew Wiggins impresses in Warriors debut as Golden State falls to Lakers," 8 Feb. 2020 There’s not a lot of frills, but this sleek, tough, and pack-friendly tomahawk would be very useful in a number of backcountry situations. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, "The 10 Best Pieces of Backcountry and Survival Gear from SHOT Show 2020," 3 Feb. 2020 The dry-aged tomahawk steaks command your attention, the curved bones erect and impossibly slender like Brachiosaurus necks. Soleil Ho,, "Perry Lang’s in Yountville is a clubby meat palace with a throwback vibe," 20 Feb. 2020 Specialties like tomahawk steaks are on hand, and special orders for porterhouse, bison tenderloin, long-bone veal for osso buco, and others can be filled in 24 hours or a couple of days at most. Dallas News, "New butcher The Meat Board has become Fort Worth’s hottest lunch spot," 29 Jan. 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 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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