Definition of tomahawk in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈtäməˌhôk/


Image of tomahawk
A light ax used as a tool or weapon by American Indians.
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.


[with object]
Strike or cut with or as if with a tomahawk.
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.


Early 17th century: from a Virginia Algonquian language.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: tom·a·hawk

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.