trow|el [ˈtrauəl] n
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: truelle, from Late Latin truella, from Latin trua 'large deep spoon']
1.) a garden tool like a very small ↑spade
2.) a small tool with a flat blade, used for spreading ↑cement on bricks etc
3.) lay it on with a trowel
BrE informal to say things that make something seem much better, worse etc than it really is
'I really don't feel too good,' I croaked, laying it on with a trowel.

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  • Trowel — Trow el, n. [OE. truel, OF. truele, F. truelle, LL. truella, L. trulla, dim. of trua a ladle; probably akin to Gr. ? a stirrer, ladle, G. quirl a stirrer, MHG. twirel, OHG. dwiril, Icel. [thorn]vara, AS. [thorn]wiril. Cf. {Twirl}.] 1. A mason s… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • trowel — [trou′əl] n. [ME truel < MFr truelle < LL truella for L trulla, small ladle, scoop, trowel < trua, stirring spoon, ladle, prob. < IE base * twer , to stir > TURBID] any of several small hand tools for spreading, smoothing, scooping …   English World dictionary

  • trowel — ► NOUN 1) a small hand held tool with a curved scoop for lifting plants or earth. 2) a small hand held tool with a flat, pointed blade, used to apply and spread mortar or plaster. ► VERB (trowelled, trowelling; US troweled, troweling) ▪ apply or… …   English terms dictionary

  • trowel — mid 14c., tool for spreading plaster or mortar, from O.Fr. truele (13c.), from L.L. truella small ladle, dipper (mid 12c.), dim. of L. trua a stirring spoon, ladle, skimmer. The gardening tool was so called since 1796 …   Etymology dictionary

  • Trowel — A trowel is one of several similar hand tools used for digging, smoothing, or otherwise moving around small amounts of viscous or particulate material.Hand toolsIn gardening, a trowel is a tool with a pointed, scoop shaped metal blade and a… …   Wikipedia

  • trowel — 1. noun a) A mason’s tool, used in spreading and dressing mortar, and breaking bricks to shape them. I need to dig a hole for these begonias; would you pass me that trowel? b) A gardener’s tool, shaped like a …   Wiktionary

  • trowel — n. a bricklayer s; gardener s; plasterer s trowel * * * [ traʊəl] gardener s plasterer s trowel a bricklayer s …   Combinatory dictionary

  • trowel — [[t]tra͟ʊəl[/t]] trowels 1) N COUNT A trowel is a small garden tool which you use for digging small holes or removing weeds. 2) N COUNT A trowel is a small tool with a flat blade that you use for spreading things such as cement and plaster onto… …   English dictionary

  • trowel — UK [ˈtraʊəl] / US noun [countable] Word forms trowel : singular trowel plural trowels 1) a small tool with a curved blade that is used in gardens for digging small holes or digging plants out of the ground 2) a small tool with a flat blade used… …   English dictionary

  • trowel — I. noun Etymology: Middle English truel, from Anglo French, from Late Latin truella, from Latin trulla ladle Date: 13th century any of various hand tools used to apply, spread, shape, or smooth loose or plastic material; also a scoop shaped or… …   New Collegiate Dictionary