[ bod-kin ]
/ ˈbɒd kɪn /


a small, pointed instrument for making holes in cloth, leather, etc.
a long pinshaped instrument used by women to fasten up the hair.
a blunt, needlelike instrument for drawing tape, cord, etc., through a loop, hem, or the like.
Obsolete. a small dagger; stiletto.

Origin of bodkin

1350–1400; Middle English badeken, bo(i)dekyn, of uncertain origin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bodkin

/ (ˈbɒdkɪn) /


a blunt large-eyed needle used esp for drawing tape through openwork
archaic a dagger
printing a pointed steel tool used for extracting characters when correcting metal type
archaic a long ornamental hairpin

Word Origin for bodkin

C14: probably of Celtic origin; compare Gaelic biodag dagger
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