Meaning of awl in English:


Pronunciation /ɔːl/

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  • A small pointed tool used for piercing holes, especially in leather.

    ‘Start your screw hole with an awl by tapping gently with a hammer or a soft-face mallet.’
    • ‘The awl cuts a tidy hole in the leather that will close up tight around the thread as it is sewn, leaving a watertight stitch.’
    • ‘Once the cabinets are marked lightly in pencil, use an awl or a center punch to create an indentation at the desired spot.’
    • ‘Punch holes using an awl approximately 1 3/8 inches apart, leaving a minimum of 3/8 inches at the top and bottom.’
    • ‘Use the awl to make holes at the pin marks just above the topstitching.’
    • ‘Use an awl or a center punch and punch a small hole at the template's center points, then remove the template.’
    • ‘Blinded at the age of three in an accident with a sharp awl or knife when he was playing with the tools in his father's workshop, he would never have any memory of being sighted.’
    • ‘Arrows and barbed harpoons were placed near the right leg; milling stones, awls, chisels, knives, and other offerings were set to the left of the body.’
    • ‘I opened my leatherman and used the awl to bore a small hole.’
    • ‘Next using an awl and drill, I drilled holes into their metal where needed.’
    • ‘Using an awl or heavy needle, poke two holes through the spine of the book to thread the waxed linen through.’
    • ‘Bone and antler were used to make dress-pins, hair combs, toggles, needle-cases, handles for iron knives, awls and other domestic equipment.’
    • ‘Each side of the Leatherman houses different tools: a bottle opener, small, medium and large screwdrivers, a Phillips head, a file, an awl and a knife blade.’
    • ‘One may even hear the description ‘It feels like an awl (knife, screw, etc.) has been driven in and is being twisted.’’
    • ‘A groove down one side of the triangle makes short work of sharpening fish hooks, awls, etc.’
    • ‘Make a hole in the template where the knob should be drilled with an awl or nail.’
    • ‘Stone tools of the tradition include triangular points made on flakes, racloirs, triangular bifacial handaxes, and burins and awls made on blades.’
    • ‘Lastly, it appears unlikely that the tools classified as ‘drills’ functioned in such a capacity; instead, these tools probably were used as awls for perforating hides.’
    • ‘An abundance of bone awls suggests the importance of skin and leather working.’
    • ‘They are relatively inexpensive, are available in hundreds of colors, and are easily installed with a screwdriver and an awl.’
    drilling tool, boring tool, rotary tool, auger, bit, brace and bit, gimlet, awl, bradawl


Old English æl, of Germanic origin; related to German Ahle.