From Middle English aul, alle, al, from Old English æl, from Proto-Germanic *ēlō (compare Middle Low German āl, Dutch aal, German Ahle), from Proto-Indo-European *Hóleh₂ (compare Khotanese aiysna (aiysna), Sanskrit आरा (ā́rā)), however also see Proto-Indo-European *ēl- (“awl, prong”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɔːl/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ɔl/
- (cot–caught merger, Canada) IPA(key): /ɑl/
- Rhymes: -ɔːl
- Homophone: all
awl (plural awls)
- 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.