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ˈmæt əkmat·tock

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mattocknoun

    a kind of pick that is used for digging; has a flat blade set at right angles to the handle


  1. mattocknoun

    An agricultural tool whose blades are at right angles to the body, similar to a pickax.

  2. Etymology: From mattok, from mattuc, meottoc, mettac, from mattukaz, from mat-. Related to medela, metze, metz, mateola, мотыга, मत्य. More at mason.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Mattocknoun

    Etymology: mattuc , Saxon.

    Give me that mattock, and the wrenching iron. William Shakespeare.

    You must dig with mattock and with spade,
    And pierce the inmost centre of the earth. William Shakespeare.

    The Turks laboured with mattocks and pick-axes to dig up the foundation of the wall. Richard Knolles, Hist. of the Turks.

    To destroy mountains was more to be expected from earthquakes than corrosive waters, and condemneth the judgment of Xerxes, that wrought through mount Athos with mattocks. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. vii.


  1. Mattock

    A mattock is a hand tool used for digging, prying, and chopping. Similar to the pickaxe, it has a long handle and a stout head which combines either a vertical axe blade with a horizontal adze (cutter mattock), or a pick and an adze (pick mattock). A cutter mattock is similar to a Pulaski used in fighting fires. It is also commonly known in North America as a "grub axe".


  1. mattock

    A mattock is a versatile hand tool, used for digging and chopping, similar to a pickaxe. It has a long handle, and a head with two different blades - typically one is a horizontal adze (axe-like blade) and the other is a vertical pick or axe. It's commonly used in agriculture, gardening, and excavation to break up hard ground, cut through roots or remove stones.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mattocknoun

    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

  2. Etymology: [AS. mattuc; cf. W. matog.]


  1. Mattock

    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 or a pick and an adze.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mattock

    mat′uk, n. a kind of pickaxe for loosening the soil, having the iron ends broad instead of pointed. [A.S. mattuc—W. matog.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. mattock

    A pioneer tool, resembling a pickaxe, but having two broad sharp edges instead of points.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Mattock is ranked #105079 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Mattock surname appeared 170 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Mattock.

    85.2% or 145 total occurrences were White.
    7% or 12 total occurrences were Black.
    5.8% or 10 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mattock in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mattock in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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