Definition of trowel
: any of various hand tools used to apply, spread, shape, or smooth loose or plastic material; also : a scoop-shaped or flat-bladed garden tool for taking up and setting small plants
Recent Examples of trowel from the Web
Cooks use a bricklayer’s trowel, which has more force than a typical spatula.
Use a weeder with a forked end or a trowel to help get the roots out.
Max gave us trowels and showed us how to grab a clump and carefully dig out the bulbs.
The new working class contains many of the traditional blue-collar occupations — truck driver, electrician, plumber — but by and large its members are more likely to wield mops than hammers, and bedpans rather than trowels.
The site has been backfilled with tons of earth, mosaics have been removed for conservation, trowels and pickaxes and shade tents have been packed away, and the students and staff have moved on.
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Origin and Etymology of trowel
Middle English truel, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin truella, from Latin trulla ladle
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of trowel
: to smooth, mix, or apply with or as if with a trowel
First Known Use of trowel
TROWEL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of trowel for English Language Learners
: a small tool with a curved blade that is used by gardeners for digging holes
: a small tool with a flat blade that is used for spreading and smoothing mortar or plaster
TROWEL Defined for Kids
Definition of trowel for Students
1 : a small hand tool with a flat blade used for spreading and smoothing mortar or plaster
2 : a small hand tool with a curved blade used by gardeners
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