Definitions of awl

  1. A pointed instrument for piercing small holes, as in leather or wood; used by shoemakers, saddlers, cabinetmakers, etc. The blade is differently shaped and pointed for different uses, as in the brad awl, saddler's awl, shoemaker's awl, etc.
  2. A pointed instrument for boring small holes in leather.
  3. A pointed tool for piercing leather or wood.
  4. A pointed steel instrument for making small holes.
  5. A sharp iron instrument for piercing small holes, used by shoemakers and other workers in leather.
  6. A shoemaker's tool for boring holes : awl- shaped.