backsword

[bak-sawrd, -sohrd]

noun

a sword with only one sharp edge; broadsword.
(formerly) a cudgel having a basket hilt, used in fencing exhibitions.

Nearby words

  1. backstroke,
  2. backstroker,
  3. backswept,
  4. backswimmer,
  5. backswing,
  6. backswordman,
  7. backswordsman,
  8. backtalk,
  9. backtrack,
  10. backup

Origin of backsword

First recorded in 1590–1600; back1 + sword

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Examples from the Web for backsword

  • My backsword play hath been thought well of by stout men of war.

    Micah Clarke|Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Backsword play: the game of single-stick, or fencing with cudgels.

    Tom Brown at Rugby|Thomas Hughes


British Dictionary definitions for backsword

backsword

noun

another name for broadsword
Also called: backswordsman a person who uses the backsword
a fencing stick with a basket-like protective hilt
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