Definition of bradawl in English:

bradawl

noun

  • A tool for boring holes, resembling a small, sharpened screwdriver.

    • ‘When she saw the wound she realised she would not be able to take the bradawl out so she called an ambulance.’
    • ‘You say there, Mr Tytherleigh, that this beam, although you do not say in your statements where you carried out the test, this beam was not vulnerable to easy penetration with a bradawl?’
    • ‘The youngster, a Year 10 student, confronted an older pupil with a weapon, believed to be either a knife or a bradawl, a sharp woodworking tool, before punching him.’
    • ‘He had then used the hammer to hit the bradawl and activate the trigger.’
    drilling tool, boring tool, rotary tool, auger, gimlet, awl, bradawl
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Origin

Early 19th century: from brad + awl.

Pronunciation:

bradawl

/ˈbradɔːl/