a dagger, especially of the Scottish Highlands.

verb (used with object)

to stab with a dirk.

Nearby words

  1. dirigible,
  2. dirigisme,
  3. dirigo,
  4. diriment,
  5. diriment impediment,
  6. dirksen,
  7. dirksen, everett mckinley,
  8. dirl,
  9. dirndl,
  10. dirofilaria

Origin of dirk

1595–1605; orig. Scots; of obscure etymology




a male given name, form of Derek.
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British Dictionary definitions for dirk



a dagger esp as formerly worn by Scottish Highlanders

verb (tr)

to stab with a dirk

Word Origin for dirk

C16: from Scottish durk, perhaps from German Dolch dagger

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Word Origin and History for dirk



c.1600, perhaps from Dirk, the proper name, which was used in Scandinavian for "a picklock." But the earliest spellings were dork, durk (Johnson, 1755, seems to be responsible for the modern spelling), and the earliest association is with Highlanders, however there seems to be no such word in Gaelic, where the proper name is biodag. Another candidate is German dolch "dagger."

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