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
  1. noun
    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
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    hand tool
    a tool used with workers' hands
  2. verb
    use a trowel on; for light garden work or plaster work
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    cut into, delve, dig, turn over
    turn up, loosen, or remove earth
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