- 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
Examples from the Web for daggered
Historical Examples of daggered
They are masked, with daggered hair and bracelets of dull bells.Ulysses
- 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