Definition of tomahawk in English:

tomahawk

Syllabification: tom·a·hawk
Pronunciation: /ˈtäməˌhôk
 
/

noun

  • A light ax used as a tool or weapon by American Indians.
    More example sentences
    • He was arrested for possession of a weapon, the tomahawk, and the report indicated the police officer used force by drawing his service weapon to affect the arrest.
    • The French fought with firearms, while traditional Iroquois weapons were bows and arrows, stone tomahawks, and wooden warclubs.
    • I think about my teepee, my tomahawk, my stocky bay horse who is standing even now, a striped blanket thrown over his back, ready to gallop me over the plains, into the red and dusty West.

verb

[with object] Back to top  
  • Strike or cut with or as if with a tomahawk.
    More example sentences
    • But I suppose it was her last chance and the old man would have tomahawked me if I hadn't taken her.
    • Later, a coroner found that he had been tomahawked several times, causing instant death.

Origin

early 17th century: from a Virginia Algonquian language.

More definitions of tomahawk

Definition of tomahawk in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day skosh
Pronunciation: skəʊʃ
noun
a small amount; a little