A trowel is a tool for digging small holes or spreading plaster. If you're an avid gardener (or an apprentice bricklayer), you probably own a trowel.

Gardeners use trowels to dig shallow troughs for planting seeds, bulbs, or small plants. Gardening trowels are basically small shovels. When you're building a stone wall or grouting tile, your trowel will look a bit different—it will be flatter and possibly triangular in shape. The Late Latin source of trowel, truella, means "small ladle or dipper."

Definitions of trowel

n a small hand tool with a handle and flat metal blade; used for scooping or spreading plaster or similar materials

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brick trowel, mason's trowel
a trowel used in masonry
garden trowel
a trowel used by gardeners
plastering trowel
a trowel used to spread and smooth plaster
pointing trowel
a trowel used to fill and finish masonry joints with mortar or cement
a trowel used to make a surface slick
Type of:
hand tool
a tool used with workers' hands

v use a trowel on; for light garden work or plaster work

Type of:
cut into, delve, dig, turn over
turn up, loosen, or remove earth

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