Definition of auger in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈôɡər/


Image of auger
1A tool with a helical bit for boring holes in wood.
Example sentences
  • This boring article presents a few of the many interesting variants in wood boring augers and twist bits.
  • A spoon auger used to bore holes into wood.
  • A common method was to bore a hole in the barrel using any of a variety of bung borers, boring taps, augers, tapered reamers, and the like.
1.1A tool with a large helical bit for boring holes in the ground.
Example sentences
  • We use the auger to drill holes, the sweeper to sweep the parking lot, the hammer to bust concrete.
  • I carefully drill 16-inch - to 18-inch-deep holes with a 2-inch diameter soil auger.
  • Samples of clay from the auger holes were tested for moisture content but did not indicate any exceptional level of desiccation.


Old English nafogār, from nafu (see nave2) + gār 'piercer.' The n was lost by wrong division of a nauger; compare with adder1 and apron.

Words that rhyme with auger

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.