- a dagger, especially of the Scottish Highlands.
- to stab with a dirk.
Origin of dirk
- a male given name, form of Derek.
Related Words for dirkpistol, bomb, sword, gun, missile, cannon, rifle, machete, ammunition, firearm, knife, shotgun, revolver, blade, dagger, saber, bayonet, catapult, spear, ax
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Contemporary Examples of dirk
Ferber makes us root for Dirk, only to reveal at the end that Roelf is the son that Selina wishes she had.
When Dirk abandons his artistic aspirations to become a bond trader, even Selina seems to lose interest in Dirk.
The Black Watch major in command presented him with an officer's dirk.Michael Daly: My Last Day With JFK
November 11, 2013
Later, after Dirk refuses to service Christine, she calls up every man in her phone until someone will come over and pleasure her.Rachel McAdams Returns to ‘Mean Girls’ Roots With Kinky Bisexual Role in ‘Passion’
October 13, 2012
In the film version, entitled Ill Met by Moonlight, Paddy was played by the dashing Dirk Bogarde.Goodbye to My Hero
June 20, 2011
Historical Examples of dirk
I've been scared about Dirk ever since; and now he won't go to Poke's!
Dirk surveyed her thoughtfully; he seemed to have no answer ready.
Then Dirk, the one brother, going astray almost as soon as he was born.
"I think you may be able to do something, even for Dirk Colson," he said.
A dozen times on the way home had Dirk been on the point of consigning it to the gutter.
- a dagger esp as formerly worn by Scottish Highlanders
- to stab with a dirk
Word Origin 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."