EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN | IDIOMS noun a short, swordlike weapon with a pointed blade and a handle, used for stabbing. Also called obelisk. . Printing a mark (†) used especially for references. verb (used with object) to stab with or as if with a dagger. . Printing to mark with a dagger. Idioms look daggers at, to look at angrily, threateningly, or with hate. Origin of dagger 1350–1400; Middle English,
probably alteration of
Old French dague,
of obscure origin; cf.
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Examples from the Web for daggered Historical Examples of daggered British Dictionary definitions for daggered noun 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 verb (tr) to mark with a dagger archaic to stab with a dagger Word Origin for dagger
C14: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for daggered n.
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.
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Idioms and Phrases with daggered
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