Meaning of TROWEL in English


trow ‧ el /ˈtraʊəl/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: 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 British English informal to say things that make something seem much better, worse etc than it really is SYN exaggerate :

‘I really don’t feel too good,’ I croaked, laying it on with a trowel.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.