"instrument, implement," from P.Gmc. *tolan
(cf. O.N. tol
), from a verb stem represented by O.E. tawian
"prepare." The ending is the instrumental suffix -l
). Fig. sense of "person used by another for his own ends" is recorded from 1663. Slang meaning "penis" first recorded 1553. The verb "to drive a vehicle" is first attested 1812, probably from the noun. The meaning "to work or shape with a tool" is recorded from 1815; that of "equip (a factory) with machine tools" is from 1927. Tool-box
first recorded 1832.