From Middle English tool, tol, from Old English tōl, from Proto-Germanic *tōlą, from Proto-Indo-European *dewh₂-, equivalent to taw + -le . Cognate with Scots tuil ("tool, implement, instrument, device"), Icelandic tól ("tool"), Faroese tól ("tool, instrument"). Related to Old English tāwian ("to make, prepare, or cultivate"); see taw, and tow ("fibres used for spinning").
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