tool·​mak·​er ˈtül-ˌmā-kər How to pronounce toolmaker (audio)
: one (such as a person or company) that makes tools
specifically : a machinist who specializes in the construction, repair, maintenance, and calibration of the tools, jigs, fixtures, and instruments of a machine shop

Example Sentences

The company is a leading toolmaker.
Recent Examples on the Web In the company founded by his parents, Klaus Lenhart served his apprenticeship as a toolmaker. David Clucas, Outside Online, 1 May 2012 This is the toolmaker opting to make a tool to do the job rather than performing manual labor themselves. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 16 July 2022 Executives at the toolmaker’s New Britain, Conn., headquarters already had shifted most production of heavy-duty industrial products closer to customers in the United States and Europe. Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2021 Among them was Robert Robinson, an African American toolmaker from Detroit who had been recruited to work in Russia by Soviet emissaries who were visiting the Ford Motor plant. The New Yorker, 18 Oct. 2021 Horst Engineering was founded in Hartford in 1946 by a German Jewish toolmaker who fled Nazi rule and whose family name had been changed from Liebenstein. Stephen Singer,, 12 Oct. 2021 The cash transaction will complete a relation that began when New Britain, Conn.-based toolmaker Stanley bought 20 percent of MTD in 2019, the companies said in a statement Tuesday., 17 Aug. 2021 In a 2001 interview, Dr. Ernst described himself as a toolmaker. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, 18 June 2021 Prickett loves fixing things; her father was a toolmaker who made pieces for machines. Alison Bowen,, 24 Nov. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of toolmaker was in 1844

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Cite this Entry

“Toolmaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



tool·​mak·​er -ˌmā-kər How to pronounce toolmaker (audio)
: one (as an animal or a human being) that makes tools
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