Definition of tomahawk in English:

tomahawk

Line breaks: toma|hawk
Pronunciation: /ˈtɒməhɔːk
 
/

noun

1A light axe 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.
1.1Australian /NZ A hatchet.
More example sentences
  • A week later, a larger party of some 200 Maori appeared, this time with spears slung over their backs, and muskets and tomahawks.
  • The injuries were of a type consistent with being inflicted by a hatchet or tomahawk.
  • I threw them aside and got possession of a tomahawk from one of them.

verb

[with object] Back to top  
Strike or cut with or as if with a tomahawk: I took a hammer from the drawer and tomahawked their dolls
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.

Definition of tomahawk in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day rebuff
Pronunciation: rəˈbəf
verb
reject (someone or something) in an abrupt manner…