- mattock (n.) O.E. mættoc, probably from V.L. *matteuca "club," related to L. mateola, a kind of mallet (see MACE (Cf. mace) (n.1)), but this is not certain, and synonymous Rus. motyka, Lith. matikkas suggest other possibilities. OED says similar words in Welsh and Gaelic are from English.
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Mattock — Mat tock, n. [AS. mattuc; cf. W. matog.] An implement for digging and grubbing. The head has two long steel blades, one like an adz and the other like a narrow ax or the point of a pickax. [1913 Webster] T is you must dig with mattock and with… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
mattock — ► NOUN ▪ an agricultural tool similar to a pickaxe, but with one arm of the head curved like an adze and the other like a chisel edge. ORIGIN Old English … English terms dictionary
mattock — [mat′ək] n. [ME mattok < OE mattuc < VL * mattiuca < * mattea, back form. < L mateola, dim. < * matea < IE base * mat , hoe, club > Sans matyá , a harrow] a tool for loosening the soil, digging up and cutting roots, etc.: it… … English World dictionary
Mattock — A cutter mattock, embedded in a lawn A mattock is a versatile hand tool, used for digging and chopping, similar to the pickaxe. It has a long handle, and a stout head, which combines an axe blade and an adze (cutter mattock) or a pick and an adze … Wikipedia
Mattock — This is a surname of pre7th century Breton, Welsh and Olde English origins. There are at least thirteen modern surname spellings including Maddocks, Maddicks, Mattacks Mattock, Muttock, Mattick and Mattuck. In all cases and spellings the origins… … Surnames reference
mattock — noun Etymology: Middle English mattok, from Old English mattuc Date: before 12th century a digging and grubbing tool with features of an adze and an ax or pick … New Collegiate Dictionary
mattock — /mat euhk/, n. an instrument for loosening the soil in digging, shaped like a pickax, but having one end broad instead of pointed. [bef. 900; ME mattok, OE mattuc] * * * Picklike digging implement, one of the oldest tools of agriculture. It… … Universalium
mattock — noun An agricultural tool whose blades are at right angles to the body; similar in appearance to a pickax … Wiktionary
Mattock — 1) Heb. ma eder, an instrument for dressing or pruning a vineyard (Isa. 7:25); a weeding hoe. 2) Heb. mahareshah (1 Sam. 13:1), perhaps the ploughshare or coulter. 3) Heb. herebh, marg. of text (2 Chr. 34:6). Authorized Version, with… … Easton's Bible Dictionary
mattock — Mawdesley Glossary a heavy hoe, one usedfor hoeing willows … English dialects glossary