- a short, swordlike weapon with a pointed blade and a handle, used for stabbing.
- Also called obelisk. Printing. a mark (†) used especially for references.
- to stab with or as if with a dagger.
- Printing. to mark with a dagger.
- look daggers at, to look at angrily, threateningly, or with hate.
Origin of dagger
Related Words for daggerblade, bayonet, sword, cutlass, poniard, stylet, switchblade, stiletto, bodkin, dirk, anlace, sidearm, skean
Examples from the Web for dagger
Contemporary Examples of dagger
As soon as he sees her, Shae reaches for a dagger, and Tyrion pounces on her, strangling her to death with her own necklace.Life After ‘Game of Thrones’ Death: Where to See Your Favorite Dead Characters Next
June 18, 2014
The dagger tattooed on his cheek conveys a menacing persona.The Cradle of Jazz, Blues and Gospel Endlessly Rocking
April 25, 2014
A rapier and a dagger found on the Thames foreshore show us that swordfights routinely broke out on the streets of London.This Week’s Hot Reads: Sept. 30, 2013
Thomas Flynn, Jimmy So
September 30, 2013
Worse, the court could stick a dagger right in the heart of the Buckley framework and undo all contribution limits.The Supremes: The Campaign-Finance West Is About to Get Wilder
February 25, 2013
It was ‘like a dagger to his heart and he hasn’t got over it.Why Prince Harry’s Nude Photos Are a Disaster for Charles
August 23, 2012
Historical Examples of dagger
Mr Clayton was pushing me forward, and urging a dagger into my hand.
Yet his heart still seemed to fester with the venom of the dagger.Fancy's Show-Box (From "Twice Told Tales")
Wiglaf stabs the dragon from underneath, and Bewulf cuts it in two with his dagger.Beowulf
The stranger drew out his dagger, cut the meat, and they all ate in company.The Chinese Fairy Book
But you can cut off a vine-branch with a dagger or with a chisel, and in many other ways?The Republic
- a short stabbing weapon with a pointed blade
- Also called: obelisk a character (†) used in printing to indicate a cross reference, esp to a footnote
- at daggers drawn in a state of open hostility
- look daggers to glare with hostility; scowl
- to mark with a dagger
- archaic to stab with a dagger
Word Origin for dagger
late 14c., apparently from Old French dague "dagger," from Old Provençal dague or Italian daga, of uncertain origin; perhaps Celtic, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *daca "Dacian knife," from the Roman province in modern Romania. The ending is possibly the faintly pejorative -ard suffix. Attested earlier (1279) as a surname (Dagard, presumably "one who carried a dagger"). Middle Dutch dagge, Danish daggert, German Degen also are from French.
In addition to the idiom beginning with daggers
- daggers drawn, at
- look daggers